General News of Thursday, 2 January 2020
The Governing Board of the Tamale Teaching Hospital has asked the acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr. David Kolbila to temporarily step aside to allow for investigations into alleged procurement breaches leveled against him.
Meanwhile, the board in consultation with the Ministry of Health has appointed Dr. Kareem Mumuni of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the University of Ghana Medical School to act as the interim CEO of the hospital during the period of the investigation.
The governing board of the hospital said it received a notice from the Public Service Commission in October 2019 about petitions against Dr. Kolbila after members in a board meeting in May 2019 unanimously recommended him to the Public Service Commission (PSC) for an interview and subsequent confirmation as substantive CEO of the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
The interview have thus been put on hold pending an investigation into the petitions.
The Tamale Teaching Hospital has had challenges in maintaining a Chief Executive Officer for some years now as persons appointed to occupy the position have had to face threats from some party youth groups of the two major political parties; NDC and NPP which subsequently lead to their removal from office.
The case of Dr. Kolbila is not different, but the board has explained that, Dr. Kolbila has not been fired, sacked or removed from office as reported in a section of the media.
According to the statement, the action is necessary to allow for independent and smooth investigations.
The statement entreated all staff and stakeholders to cooperate with the current acting CEO in discharging his duties.
“It is therefore, our desire as a Board that staff, clients and stakeholders would accord Dr. Kareem Mumuni the optimal support needed to successfully execute his duties as the interim acting CEO of the hospital for this period”.