KATH staff drags hospital to CHRAJ

Awuni Akyireba, a Certified Chartered Forensic Accountant and a member of staff of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate the Chief Executive Officer for the aforementioned hospital, Dr Oheneba Owusu Danso, over the allegations of misappropriation of COVID fund.

According to the petitioner who has been working with the hospital for eleven years now, donations that were accrued by the management of the health facility 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. And just on the 29th of October, 2021, the Acting Head of Directorate of Trauma and Orthopaedics Directorate had to write to suspend all orthopedics 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.

Following the publication of the alleged fund embezzlement by Opemsuo radio some weeks ago, management of the hospital through its lawyers denied and threatened to take legal actions against the radio station under the pretense that the news was defamatory.

Awuni Akyireba in an exclusive interview with Opemsu radio’s Agudey, said he has all the necessary evidence at hand to prove his allegations.

Source: Fuseini

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