General News of Wed, 15 Aug 201811
GMA threatens to withdraw services over attack on TTH CEO
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA), has threatened to advise its members to withdraw their services at various hospitals if concrete steps are not taken to deal with perpetrators involved in the attack on Dr. David Kolbila, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH).
“The GMA would like to place on record that if concrete steps are not taken to deal with this canker, the GMA will not hesitate to ask its members to stay off the hospital premises until their safety can be assured,” the statement said.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Tamale Teaching Hospital was chased out of the hospital on Monday by an NPP vigilante group known as Kandahar Boys.
The group stormed the hospital in collaboration with another group calling itself the Concerned NPP Youth Coalition.
The group complained that the CEO had exhibited incompetence, misused hospital funds and ignored them despite the role they played in getting him appointed.
They further accused him of travelling to China without handing over to the next in command.
The GMA believes these acts of lawlessness contribute greatly to the unwillingness of most health workers and critical staff to accept postings to these areas.
“The GMA condemns in no uncertain terms these acts of barbarism and lawlessness and calls on government not to reward such acts by kowtowing to the demands of these misfits. However, the perpetrators should immediately be brought to book by the Security Agencies. It is important that the Traditional and Religious Leaders come together with other stakeholders to quickly deal with this matter and nip this canker in the bud,” the GMA added in a statement signed by its Vice President, Frank Serebour.
The recurrent attacks on former CEOs of the Tamale Teaching Hospital are largely influenced by partisan politics.
On February 23, 2017, a group affiliated to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), known as the Northern Young Patriots in a similar fashion demanded the immediate dismissal of the Tamale Teaching Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Prosper Akambong.
TTH CEO back to work, REGSEC beefs up security
Meanwhile, Dr. David Kolbila has been reinstated.
Chairman of the Regional Security Council, Salifu Saeed, told Citi News that REGSEC has unlocked Dr. Kolbila’s office and assured him of adequate security.
Although similar acts of political vigilantism have gone unpunished, he indicated that those found culpable will face the full rigours of the law.
Mr. Saeed said REGSEC will intensify its surveillance network to forestall such occurrences in future.