The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Dr Prosper Akanbon has been relieved of his duties, mynewsgh.com can exclusively report.
Dr Akanbon who had about two-years to retire from his position, is being replaced with Dr. David Zaawumya Kolbila a Gynecologist and a lecturer at the University for Development Studies Medical School.
Dr Propser Akanbon was appointed the CEO of the premier Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH), in September 2014 and took over from the current CEO who was then in acting capacity after the departure of Dr Ken Segoe.
His administration since the inception of the current government has been characterized by violent agitations from NPP vigilante group, the Kandahar boys who locked up his office demanding his removal.
This was also in furtherance to calls by a group calling itself the Coalition for Change in Government Institutions pressuring government to as a matter of urgency deploy a team of auditors to the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) to conduct in-depth investigations into what it described as pure thievery.
The group raised concerns about the return of ‘cash and carry’ to the facility compelling subscribers of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to purchase covered drugs from outside at their own cost.
It believed the Hospital Administration and Management Software (HAMS) used in billing clients is shortchanging them and therefore insist an audit must be conducted to unmask the modus operandi of this ‘stealing system’.
“The coalition has observed after a careful study, that the engine for the stealing in the hospital is greatly done by the software called HAMS. This intranet system is an automated one with fully loaded tariffs for every condition as either covered by NHIS or not. The monster called HAMS, is deliberately fashioned to loot unsuspecting customers. It automatically bundles every patient into an already prepared tariff system. In this case, a patient who is asked to go buy almost everything for his/her treatment is unaware he’s on an already prepared tariff. After discharge, the said tariff bill is forwarded to NHIS to be paid for the same patient in addition to all the cash paid by the patient for the consumables for the same procedure or treatment. By inference, the NHIS pays for the same treatment the patient pays for, even sometimes 3 times the same amount”