Tamale hospital workers divided over CEO
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A "COUP d'état" has been staged against the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Dr. Ken Sagoe, by a group who call themselves ‘Concerned Workers Association’ of Tamale Teaching Hospital.
The group is vehemently calling for the immediate dismissal of Dr. Sagoe, who is currently in Holland for official duties, citing alleged incompetence and loss of focus and direction.
The health workers at the hospital are at the moment divided over the issue, as another group who call themselves -‘Genuine Concerned Workers of Tamale Teaching Hospital‘are also rebuffing the other group making false and unsubstantiated allegations against Dr. Sagoe, who they say has worked so hard to keep the hospital running, even at its current extreme deplorable state.
In a four page anonymous petition to the Minister of Health, copied to other relevant stakeholders and the media, the ‘Concerned Workers Association of Tamale Teaching Hospital’ appealed to Dr. Sipa Adjah Yankey, Minister of Health to quickly institute an independent Committee to investigate the administration of Dr. Sagoe
The petition, which called on the Minister to put in place an interim management team to facilitate the investigation, disclosed that apart from the acute shortage of essential drugs, hand gloves, reagents for laboratory investigations and other basic logistics, the only Pathologist who is an expatriate was yearning to leave his post due to poor condition at the hospital.
The ‘Genuine Concerned Workers’, made up of Medical Doctors working at the Hospital, on the other hand, have described as unfortunate the actions of the rebel group to solely blame Dr. Sagoe for the poor situation at the hospital, which has existed in the last two decades.
According to them, since his assumption of office on March 3, 2008, Dr. Sagoe has worked very hard to unite the staff, by leading the management to bring impressive improvement to the hospital, even though he inherited a suffocating debt, owing to a deficit in budgetary allocation to the facility.
They insisted that he has succeeded in increasing the number of doctors from 20 to 52, nurses from 272 to 360, pharmacy staff from 13 to 18, health services administrators from 1 to 5 and laboratory technicians from 10 to 17, as well as 4 consultants working in obstetrics and gynaecology.
The Leader of the ‘Genuine Concerned Workers’, Dr. Mohammed Mohammed Ibrahim in a counter press release appealed to the Health Minister to ignore the baseless allegations against Dr. Sagoe and rather use his good office to get the Tamale Teaching Hospital renovated to befit its status as the only referral facility in the three Northern Regions.
"The so-called concerned workers must know that if they are indeed concerned as they claim, then the best option is not to kill the hen that lays the golden eggs, which in this case is Dr. Ken Sagoe. We wish to state that the so-called concerned workers call is ill-informed, laced with malicious and mischievous intent and targeted at maligning and thwarting the efforts of an industrious and visionary personality like Dr. Sagoe. Worse still, we shudder that the unwarranted call can kill initiative and intimidate hard working staff of the hospital," the Genuine Worker said.
However, the ‘Concerned Workers Association’ are insisting that the CEO of the Hospital and his cohorts are displaying incompetence and lack of ingenuity by making extravagant and frivolous expenditures of over GH¢100,000.00 for doctors accommodation. About GH¢30,000.00 was also spent on renovating the residence of the Hospital Administrator, Mr. K.K. Boakye, which was rehabilitated not quite long ago.
The group did not also understand why some management members should acquire microwaves, washing machines, plasma televisions and air-conditioners for their individual homes, which do not improve quality of healthcare.
"The management is always quick to put the blame at the doorstep of the National Health Insurance Scheme. Were those frivolous expenditure not made from payments made by the NHIS? In fact if not for political expediency why was the management not blaming their woes on the NHIS during the NPP administration?
But we can say on authority that the NHIS has paid the hospital more money than it owes to the hospital. Even if the management was anti NDC for whatever reason the clients who visit the hospital may not necessarily be politically inclined to the NDC. For goodness sake let us protect innocent souls from the treachery of these managers".
Contrary to the claim by the group that the NHIS had even over paid the hospital of its outstanding claims, the NHIS Secretariat in Accra in somewhere last two months admitted owing the Tamale Teaching Hospital to the tune of over 17 billion old cedis.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Dr. Sipa Adjah Yankey in an interview on Joy Fm admitted that the Tamale Teaching Hospital had been in deplorable state for some years now and was thus making the work there difficult for the personnel.
According to him, the government had secured 39.3 million Euros for works to begin at the hospital by the end of 2009.
The Minister also disclosed that an investigation team would be dispatched to Tamale on Monday 24th June, 2009, to ascertain the truth of the matter.2006.