Government has given financial clearance for 130 doctors to be posted to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) beginning October this year to replace some 150 doctors who left the facility after completing housemanship.
Minister of Health, Kweku Agyemang-Manu, disclosed this following the hospital’s decision to suspended new emergency admissions due to the lack of doctors.
XYZ News gathered that the hospital suspended services at the Out Patient Department and the surgical Department is also not receiving fresh cases in spite of a promise by Hospital officials yesterday.
Management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is currently locked up in a crunch meeting discussing measures to deal with the shortage of doctors at the directorate.
Todays meeting follows news that the Health Minister has assured 130 new doctors will be posted to the facility next month.
Speaking on an Accra based radio station, he said: “There are two batches of housemen, the seniors and juniors and they do two years. After the first year horsemanship, they are supposed to be reposted to other facilities away from Komfo Anokye while some who opt to stay there do so.
“I think this year what is happening is that there is a new batch to replace those that are leaving and that’s where Komfo Anokye has had some sort of a problem. We have actually allocated 130 doctors, we’ve got financial clearance for them to replace those that are leaving and they are going to come from beginning of October. But then those there who should stay on until these new doctors come to replace them, about 15 of them have vacated their post and they are saying that they wouldn’t work with Komfo Anokye Hospital so they are going to wait for postings at other facilities and that is what is causing the problem.”
Meanwhile, the PRO, Kwame Frimpong, who briefed the XYZ News said they have recruited temporal staff to help in their operations before the 130 starts work in October.