November 10, 2017

Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu has dismissed assertion by the Minority on the floor of the House on Thursday that the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ridge Hospital Thomas Anaba was re-called due to political reason.

He further told the House, the former CEO was on secondment to the Ridge Hospital from the University of Development Studies (UDS).

On completion of the Hospital of the phase 1 of the redevelopment and subsequent handing over of the facility to a permanent Ghana Health Service staff as CEO, he said.

And added that, Dr. Anaba was asked to resume his permanent office at UDS as the Ministry did not know when former CEO of Ridge will be recall by UDS and as a new hospital the contractors had to train a CEO from the Ghana Health Service.

When questioned if DrAnaba did not have a four year contract and was just half way through his contract when he was recalled by the Minority whip Mohamed Muntaka. The Minister said, “I did not meet any record like that in the Ministry and we needed a permanent CEO”, he said.

“Mr. Speaker the engineers needed to train a permanent who will stay longer that why we took this decision of letting Dr. Anaba go back to his permanent   post, he was drawing two salaries one from the Ridge Hospital and the other from the University of Development Studies”.

In addition we are still exploring the financial implication of engaging Dr. Anaba, we have not come to any conclusions yet, the Minister said.

The Majority side of the House wanted to know if this was the first time a CEO of a health facility had his appointment terminated, the Minister said no, Professor Frimpong Boateng had gone through it before but not in a similar situation likewise Dr. Asare of Kumasi Teaching Hospital, the Minister revealed.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/