Ghanaian Nurse Who Defied Doctor’s Order To Save Patient’s Life Rewarded

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A Ghanaian man identified as Bernard Gorni has shared with the internet community his harrowing experience he had at the Ho Municipal Hospital when he went there for treatment. 

Mr. Bernard said the Physician Assistant (PA) who attended to him prescribed the wrong route of medicine to be administered to him (conflict on whether it should be done intravenously or intramuscular) but the swift intervention by a nurse, Madam Gloria Atiayao who challenged the PA saved his life to tell his story this day.

The story was shared on Facebook by Abena Manokekame, a popular influencer, counsellor, and blogger.

Read the full story below;

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I, Bernard Gorni, on Thursday, 25 of February 2021, went to the Ho Municipal Hospital for treatment. The Physician Assistant (PA) who attended to me prescribed *Benzylpenicilin* for me to go and buy for injection.

He also gave me a note to give to the nurse who will administer the prescription. On my return, the nurse who happens to be in the person of *Madam Gloria Atiayao* took the note and upon reading it told me to wait since she is not so sure about the kind of injection the PA wrote in relation to dosage.

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She quickly sent another nurse to enquire from the PA if the prescription was really what he wrote. Upon waiting for about 15 minutes without the other nurse returning, She followed up on them and in about 10 minutes returned to the company with the PA and the other nurse.

She then asked me to join them in the injection room. At the injection room, Madam Atiayao persistently asked the PA if he was really sure of the dosage to be given as 20ml *intramuscular* (IM) or anything else? To this, he answered and said he has instructed her to do so. The nurse then said this particular prescription isn’t given that way but only given in such a high dosage through *Intravenously* (IV).

The PA kept insisting for her to mix the vial to inject me. The nurse who knew her work insisted and refused to administer the prescription, this went on for about 45 minutes until she asked the PA politely to administer the drug himself since she doesn’t want to do anything that will put any patients’ life in danger and also put her job on the line.

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The PA refused to administer it himself and kept telling her that he was only there to give her moral support but not to administer the prescribed drug. In the next 50 minutes, a doctor came around She quickly sought his opinion.

The doctor after seeing the prescription asked Mad. Atiayao to go and administer the prescription as an Intravenous (IV). While administering the prescription, the PA who left the injection room still sends another nurse to come and insist that she should give the prescription intramuscularly.

She ignores his orders and went on doing the right thing with humanly affection to save lives and avert a possible calamity. For this singular act of courage and tenacity, I with my family in collaboration with the Hospital administration honoured Madam Atiayao with A Citation presented on the 17th of March, 2021 at the OPD of the Facility.


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