The Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge has suspended two of its workers for engaging in administrative malpractice which has the tendency of tarnishing the image of the hospital.
The officers in question were exposed by the BBC Investigation team ‘Africa Eye’ for allegedly selling Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) belonging to a private individual on the premises of the hospital.
The culprits are Thomas Osei, a medical assistant, and Divine Kumordzi of the sewing unit department at the hospital.
A statement from the management at Ridge hospital noted that even though the items do not belong to the hospital as well as did not constitute the hospital’s COVID-19 stock, either donated or procured their actions, however, is a breach of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Code.
“As a hospital, we do not encourage this behaviour since it may adversely affect their output and also be construed by the public as items of the facility”
It also revealed that Osei was serving a two-week suspension without being paid for the inappropriate and unauthorized sale of PPE on the hospital premises. Kumordzi, on the other hand, will refund all the money realised with regards to the unauthorized and inappropriate sale of nose mask on the hospital and further serve a two-week suspension without salary.
The statement said the management of the hospital stopped the practice immediately it came to its attention and ordered an audit of the stock of PPE before arriving at its conclusion adding that the prescribed sections were in line with the provisions of the Ghana Health Service code of conduct and disciplinary procedures.
“We want to use this opportunity to assure our stakeholders that all donations and items procured, which are routed through the hospital’s main store managed by a senior supply manager and head of stores, and supervised by the Head of Administration are intact.
“Management will like to use this medium to send a strong warning to staff who will violate rules and regulations governing the hospital. Let’s all abide by the rules of engagement for the benefit of the patient and country as a whole,” the statement said.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposes two staff members of the Ridge Hospital, who sold and diverted PPEs, while their colleague frontline workers cried for the vital equipment.
The two culprits, Thomas Osei and Divine Kumordzi have been suspended by authorities.pic.twitter.com/fy8kQdnAOD
— Maiestas Ⓜ️ (@Ebenezer_Peegah) August 10, 2020
Source: Daily Graphic