August 29, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Adenta, Kojo Adu-Asare has described the circumstances under which the Director of the National Cardiothoracic Center, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng’s appointment was revoked as very unfortunate and a ‘faux pas’ on the part of the Health Minister.

According to him, Professor Frimpong Boateng even if he had to be relieved of his position, must have been given a dignifying exit, as he has over the years rendered dedicated service to save the lives of hundreds of heart patients and has also trained several doctors in this field.

The renowned Heart Surgeon who established and was the Director of the National Cardiothoracic Center in 1992 after he returned from Germany had his appointment revoked by the Minister of Health over the weekend.

A letter released on 25th August 2011 and signed by Hon. Joseph Yieleh Chireh, revoked his (Prof. Frimpong Boateng’s) appointment after he sought and obtained permission to be transferred from the Ministry of Health to the University of Ghana in the year 2000.

However contributing to a discussion on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show on Monday 29TH August 2011, the Member of Parliament for Adenta, Kojo Adu –Asare, who expressed his displeasure over the issue, stated that Prof. Frimpong Boateng who has contributed hugely to the success of the Heart Center which is the best in West Africa should have rather been celebrated for his efforts instead of the “disgraceful” exist given him.

He noted that such action from government officials give room for unnecessary speculations that his “dismissal’ was politically motivated especially when the Prof. is widely known to be a member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“ I’m growing increasingly worried about the tendency for successive governments to dismiss opposition members working in public offices as soon as it assumes power, we must be growing as a country and stop such unnecessary attacks on political opponents’’ he said.

Hon. Adu –Asare called on President Attah Mills to intervene and see how best he could resolve the issue which is creating discontent among a large section of the medical staff at the Cardiothoracic center while other hearts patients have been turn away from the center.

By : Kwadwo Anim/