The CEO of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Dr. David Akolbila, was on Monday, August 13, 2018, chased out of his office by a group of young men in Tamale. He was chased out for allegedly exhibiting gross incompetence, misuse of hospital funds and some corruption allegations.
The group numbering about ten besieged the hospital, chased him out and locked his office Monday morning. During an interview with the media in Tamale, the leader of the group, Alhaji Baba Alhassan, said the CEO has been sighted in a number of corrupt practices ranging from procurement cases, supply of hospital consumables and managerial problems.
The group is therefore calling for immediate dismissal of the CEO, Dr. David Akolbila, before he collapses the noble facility.
The Tamale Teaching Hospital is a referral points for patients from the Northern, UPper East and Upper West regions as well as Northern parts of Bono-Ahafo and Volta regions.
A statement issued by the group indicated that an investigation it carried out revealed that the hospital continues to deteriorate on daily basis as a result of gross incompetence and jack-of-all trade behavior of the Acting Chief executive officer. It said the CEO is working hand in hand with the procurement officer of the hospital and contracts are trafficked on daily basis under the deliberate creation of shortages within the hospital.
The leader of the group, Alhaji Baba Alhassan, said this dubious activities carried out by the CEO is gravely affecting quality health care delivery since it is causing the lives of patients as well as procurement cost of the hospital.
Alhaji Baba Alhassan said as at the time the group drafted the statement, some hospital consumables including examination gloves, needles ,syringes and some basic consumables required for quality healthcare were in shortage.
He said the situation affected some departments to the extent that some elective surgeries were no longer carried out stressing that such cases were being diverted to private facilities owned and currently run by the CEO.
Alhaji Alhassan therefore called on the right authorities including the Office of the Special Prosecutor to investigate the CEO and other matters arising.
The Public Relations officer of the Northern Region Police Command, DSP Mohammed Yussif Tanko, in a telephone interview said police personnel have since been dispatched to the hospital to maintain peace and order. He said investigations are currently underway to ascertain the fact and identify the group who perpetuated the act.