November 13, 2017

The removal of former Medical Director of the Greater Accra Regional (Ridge) Hospital, Dr Thomas Anaba was due to the effect that he was on secondment, Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang- Manu has said.

He explained that Dr Thomas Anaba was only asked to resume his permanent duty at the University of Development Studies (UDS) Hospital from the Ridge Hospital where he was on secondment.

Mr. Agyemang-Manu said this when he appeared before Parliament to respond to a question posed by Member of Parliament for Wa West, Joseph Yieleh Chireh seeking answers on why the Medical Director was removed from office.

According to the Minister, when the first phase of the Ridge Hospital redevelopment project was completed and handed over to the Ghana Health Service, a permanent staff as Chief Executive Officer was needed to manage the facility hence the decision to replace Dr Anaba who was not hired as a permanent staff and draws salary from the hospital.

‘’On completion of the Phase I of the redevelopment of the hospital and the subsequent handing over of the facility to the Ghana Health Service, it was realized that the Contractor had to hand over to a permanent Ghana Health Service staff as CEO for obvious reasons’’ he justified.

He further accused Dr. Anaba of failing to cede relationship with UDS and continues to draw salary from the UDS and the Ridge hospital.

Responding to Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka’s assertion that the interdicted Medical Officer went through a recruitment process before securing a four year contract term at the Ridge Hospital and therefore cannot be said to be on secondment, the Minister maintained that, Dr. Anaba was on secondment and could be recalled anytime by UDS hence his outfit avoided risking to keep him at the Ridge facility.

By Christian Kpesese/