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23 February 2017

Tamale Teaching Hospital CEO locked out of office

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The Chief Executive of the Tamale Teaching Hospital Dr. Prosper Akambong has been locked out of his office by youth suspected to be supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The incident occurred Tuesday when a group of youth described as ‘Kandaha Boys’ stormed the secretariat of the CEO and directed the secretary and Director of Administration to park their belongings and step out of the office.

They supervised the two officials park out and locked the office. The CEO was not present at the time of the intrusion.

The ‘Kandaha Boys’  patrolled the office for some 10 minutes and left contact details with hospital officials asking them to register complaints if they have reservations about their actions.

Last week Monday at a press conference, chairman of Young Patriots, Bashiru Baba blamed the leadership of Dr Prosper Akambon for what they call his inability to provide patients with items covered under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

He said the hospital has been bedevilled by several problems that are of public knowledge and questions the running of the facility.

“Management of the Hospital has been very poor such that basic drugs and consumable needed for the day to day running of the facilty is seriously lacking.

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“Patients are asked to buy basic items such as hand gloves, stringes and all items needed for their care, which are supposed to be catered for by the National Health Insurance Scheme,” he said.

He noted that at the centre of the “mess” are the three nicknamed “the trinity” – Dr Akambon, Misbau Mohammed and Hamid Abdulai whom Baba said are running the Hospital into the ditch.

However, the authorities of the hospital dismissed this claim describing it as false with the Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Misbau Mohammed, adding no such thing is going on currently.

The lock-out comes barely 24 hours after President Akufo-Addo during his State of the Nation Address condemned lawless seizure of government properties and hostile take-over of state institutions.

He also condemned a scramble over cars between NPP supporters and former government officials.President Akufo-Addo was in Parliament for his SONA 2017

“Wrongdoing has no political colour and I do not subscribe to the lawlessness of political party supporters simply because their party has been elected into office”, he said.

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The Secretariat of the CEO remains locked, Deputy PRO of the hospital Ahmed Fareed told Joy News’ Northern regional correspondent Hashmin Mohammed.

He said the police have visited the hospital twice since the incident and officials have also informed the Health minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu.

According to him, the minister assured them he will get in touch with security agencies to resolve the matter.

The Deputy PRO said the lock-out is affecting the running of the hospital because memos and requisitions to be signed have been locked inside the office.

It means authorisations and approvals for consumables remain pending said adding the CEO was expected to go around the wards Wednesday and also consult as part of his routine.

He has not been seen around the hospital as at the time of the report.

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