The Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Health Services, Dr. Kofi Issah has lifted an embargo he placed on the salary of a Medical Officer at the Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga for three months on the grounds that the officer had vacated post.
It will be recalled that on Thursday October 27, 2016, TopNews Ghana published a story under the caption; ‘Medical Officer to Sue GHS, HFC Bank for Freezing His Salary’. In that story, we indicated that Dr. Issah and Dr. Patrick Atobrah, the Medical Director of the regional hospital declined to speak to us on the issue. HFC Bank branch in Tamale also declined to speak to us.
Meanwhile, TopNews Ghna had seen a letter written and signed by Dr. Issah, dated 15th July, 2016 and addressed to the branch Manager, HFC Bank Ghana Ltd, Tamale, requesting the manager to withhold payment of Dr. Amoo’s salary on the condition that he had vacated post.
However, Dr. Amoo mounted a strong self-defence as he dismissed this allegation in a strappingly worded letter, and explained the circumstances that led to him taking 18 days leave which the regional director used as basis for blocking his salary without hearing from him.
But barely 24 hours after our first publication on the issue, the embargo was lifted paving way for the medical officer to have access to his bank account. This he confirmed and said he went to the bank on Tuesday November 1, 2016 to check on the bank clearance and was informed the embargo had been lifted.
Though he now has access to his bank account, Dr. Amoo has vowed to drag his employer, the Ghana Health Service to court for defamation of character and other possible charges. Meanwhile, he is also in the process of changing his bank because he is not happy with the manner in which the bank handled the issue.
On the duty roster for prescribers at the Out-Patient Department of the regional hospital for November/December 2016, TopNews Ghana observed Dr. Amoo’s name was not captured even though he is at post. However, when Dr. Samuel Aborah, Clinical Coordinator, who prepared the duty roster, was contacted, he admitted it was an unintentional omission on his part during the compilation of the roster explained the omission has been explained to Dr. Amoo and his name will be immediately included.
By William Nlanjerbor JALULAH/TopNews Ghana.com/GHANA