In the Spotlight
Residents of Garu and Tempane Districts in the Upper East Region are calling on government as a matter of urgency to commence construction of the abandoned Garu District hospital.
The project, which stalled in 2016 is affecting residents as they struggle to access healthcare services in the area.
The construction of the Garu District Hospital started in 2016, but after the project site was cleared for construction to commence, the project stalled. The project, when completed will be the only government hospital serving the two districts.
Tutors of the Bolgatanga Nursing Training College are asking the Ministry of Health to reconsider the transfer of two of their colleagues, saying that action was taken because the two made allegations of corruption against the school’s principal, Bawa Awalu.
The impasse between the Principal and tutors brought academic work to a halt in November 2017, with two of the tutors eventually being transferred.
The tutors accused the Mr. Awula of embezzlement, through the violation of the Procurement Act in the acquisition of goods and services for the school. They also accused him of neglecting the plight of both tutors and students. Subsequently, they petitioned the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), the Economic and Organized Crimes Office and the Health Ministry to look into the matter.
More details have begun to emerge about the ongoing investigation into the theft scandal at the Tamale Teaching Hospital after the Northern regional State Prosecutor threatened on Monday to subpoena the police investigator for undue delay in prosecuting the suspects.
A report by the Bureau of National Investigations which uncovered the crime said the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Daniel Akolibilah failed to report to police when management of the facility realized all the expensive equipment meant for an Infectious Disease Treatment Center (IDTC) had been stolen.
In January 2018, a storekeeper by name Kumbeiri Thomas connived with some senior staff of the hospital to steal equipment donated to the hospital by a South Korean government aid agency, Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).