Director of Administration at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Fred Effah Yeboah has disclosed to Awuni Akyireba, the Certified Chartered Forensic Accountant and a member of staff of the hospital who petitioned CHRAJ over COVID fund misappropriation is currently before the disciplinary committee of the institution.
According to him, the petitioner never used the internal channel in going about his allegations, an action that goes against the code of conduct of the hospital.
“The hospital has its internal processes and so the petitioner who is a staff of this hospital has every opportunity to use the internal processes. I am the director of administration, I am responsible for procurement, I am responsible for transport, I don’t recall this person coming before me… and I don’t have a record in my office that he’s been there”.
“He had the opportunity to use our internal processes but he chose not to use it but that also goes against the disciplinary code. The Board has referred him to the disciplinary committee.”, he said in an interview with Citi news.
He assured that the hospital is prepared to cooperate with CHRAJ in clearing its name.
“Management assures everyone that we are going to cooperate fully with CHRAJ to go to the bottom of this matter for the truth to come out because we need to infuse public confidence in the management and administration of this hospital.”
Awuni Akyireba, petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) on November 10, 2021, to investigate the Chief Executive Officer for the aforementioned hospital over the allegations of misappropriation of COVID funds.
According to the petitioner who has been working with the hospital for eleven years now, donations that were accrued during the height of the pandemic in 2020 weren’t used for the intended purpose.
“That the CEO at a performance review meeting and business meeting of the hospital has
stated that all the directorates of the hospital incurred losses in the year under review
which cumulative loss was about Ghc 6.2million wherefore the hospital was unable to
pay end of the year 2020 bonuses to members of staff and meet the logistical needs of the
hospital such as listed in point 3 above. And just on the 29th of October, 2021, the Acting
Head of Directorate of Trauma and Orthopaedics Directorate had to write to suspend all
orthopaedics surgeries at the A&E theatre due to unavailability of theatre tables”, he noted in the petition
Despite owning an official Nissan SUV 2016 vehicle which was given to him upon his appointment, Akyireba, said, management has bought two additional luxurious Toyota Camrys of 2020 model for the pleasure and comfort of the CEO, Dr. Oheneba Owusu Danso, and the Medical Director, Prof. Baafuor Kofi Opoku.
Akyireba is also perturbed that management could afford two luxurious Toyota Camry cars at $58,000 each yet failed to provide the needed logistics for the hospital.
He further alleged that the Medical Director, Prof. Baafuor Kofi Opoku, gave his official car, one of the two luxurious cars, to his wife to use, with which she subsequently got into an accident on the 23rd of August, 2021.
He indicated that the act constitutes an abuse of public office since the wife of the Medical Director is not an employee of KATH.
Awuni Akyireba says he has all the necessary evidence at hand to prove his allegations.
Source: opemsuo.com/ Hajara Fuseini