President Akufo-Addo has appointed NPP Member of Parliament for the Ledzokuku Constituency, Dr. Bernard Oko-Boye as the Board Chairman of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
A letter from the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare to the Minister of Health, dated 28th June, 2018, named nine (9) persons nominated by President Akufo-Addo to serve on the board of the hospital. The other members are;
1. Dr. Radha Maria Odua Hackman (Gov’t appointee)
2. Mr Jerry Ahmed Shaib (Gov’t appointee)
3. Dr Patrina Tekyi-Ankrah (Gov’t appointee)
4. Prof Margaret Lartey (Dean, School of Medicine and Dentistry)
5. Dr Samuel Asiamah (Director of Medical Affairs/ Ag. CEO)
6. Mrs Elizabeth Bruce (Director of Pharmacy)
7. Mr Bright Korkoryie (Director Of Finance)
8. Mrs Rita Aryee (Director of Nursing Services)
9. Mr Nurudeen Mohammed (Director of Administration)
Dr. Oko-Boye, 36, who could arguably be the youngest Board Chairman for the premier health facility, has been a medical doctor for many years prior to his appointment.
He will Chair the board, while the others will act as members.
The Chief of Staff directed the Health Minister to take the necessary steps to swear in the nominees.
The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital is among the very few premier health-care facilities in Ghana. After operating for over 90 years, the hospital is still faced with many challenges including inadequate beds.
Recent photos from the Korle Bu Surgical Medical Emergency Unit showed patients being treated on the bare floor and in plastic chairs as a result of the lack of beds, and a directive from the Ministry of Health that hospitals should not turn away patients even if there are no beds.
Dr. Okoe Boye, commenting on the matter said getting doctors to treat emergency cases at hospitals in awkward places other than in hospital beds, will be complicated.
Dr. Boye said such unconventional interventions could be challenging for doctors and other health workers.
A ranking member of Parliament’s Health Committee, Joseph Yileh Chireh, in an earlier interview blamed the woes of the hospital on the government’s inability to constitute a governing board.
According to him, the governing board would have outlined measures to ease the worrying situation at the facility.