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2017-02-17

[N] What The Hell! . . . We're Still Talking About 'Missing' State Vehicles? - Allot
[N] We've 'enough resources' for Free SHS - Ofori-Atta
[N] Three robbers arrested for using state protocol vehicle for criminal activities
[N] Bentil backs AU withdrawal from ICC
[N] Pastor sentenced to 20 years in jail for defiling girl, 13
[N] 5 policemen, 2 soldiers wounded in Kumawu chieftaincy clashes
[N] Come clear on Free SHS funding - Minority to Akufo-Addo
[N] All ten regional ministers-designate approved by Parliament
[N] Ghana and Morocco sign 27 MOUs
[N] 15 cops storm NDC's Trobu Secretary’s home to seize
[N] Taxi runs into kiosk, kills woman, 73
[N] I wish I got pregnant - Otiko Djaba

2017-02-16

[N] CID releases Kofi Adams' five cars
[N] I pulled out due to insults – E.T Mensah
[N] GIMPA staff on strike over election of Deputy Rector
[N] Failed NDC MP seizes key to borehole
[N] Invite me or I’ll sue – Ablakwa to Ghartey’s committee
[N] Ghana spent $450,000 to transport troops to The Gambia - Dominic Nitiwul
[N] Stay away from Heritage Fund – ACEP warns government
[N] Government urged to re-think decision to "raid" Heritage Fund
[N] Using heritage fund for free SHS ludicrous idea – Kwame Jantuah
[N] KATH CEO enforced cash and carry policy at emergency ward
[N] No more Hajj challenges - IC Quaye
[N] First Lady cuts sod for hostel at Korle Bu
[N] Education Minister should be sacked - Teachers Union

2017-02-15

[B] Nip 'digital migration company' idea in the bud – Nduom advises gov't
[N] Norfund’s Arise acquires 27.7% of CAL Bank
[B] GRA closes down Packplus Limited for owing GH¢2.6m
[N] Free education is possible if we stop buying V8 - Samuel Atta-Mensah
[N] NDC propagandists fighting against my Council of State bid – E.T Mensah
[N] 21 drug pushers arrested at Tema
[N] Agyarko didn't bribe anybody, they're only spoiling his name - Allotey Jacobs
[N] Akufo-Addo can't fulfil any of his promises; he has only 4 years – Anyidoho
[N] Sammy Awuku grabs chieftaincy title
[N] We have found at last an African solution to an African problem – Ablakwa
[N] Unibank Staff robbed at gun point
[N] Sunyani chiefs ‘forgive’ Brong Ahafo regional minister-designate
[N] Free SHS: NDC pretended the NPP was speaking Chinese - Kweku Baako
[N] You will be sacked if students fail BECE, WASSCE - Education Minister warns scho
[N] KTI Report: Armed policemen stormed girls dormitories with torchlight
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KATH CEO enforced cash and carry policy at emergency ward
Contrary to the feisty denial by the CEO of the
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital that emergency
drugs were not dispensed on cash and carry basis,
Myjoyonline.com has intercepted a document that
suggests otherwise.

A May 23, 2016 Memo from the head, accident and
emergency pharmacy and copied to all Directors,
head of department Emergency Medicine, Head of
department Trauma and Orthopaedics, suggested that
the CEO vetoed a decision to make exceptions to
patients who are entitled to a 24 hour supply of
cash drugs In the memo titled "Review of supply of
non-insured cash drugs" suggested that emergency
drugs must be paid for before they are supplied
but the head of the accident and emergency
pharmacy gave exceptions.

However on the said memo, the CEO threatened that
anyone who gave out cash drugs without collecting
money will be made to pay for them.

The memo and its content are at variance with
comments by the CEO Dr Joseph Akpalu who denied
claims by the Komfo Anokye Doctors Association
(KADA) that the cash and carry system, among other
things were increasing the mortality and morbidity
rates in the hospital.

Chairman of KADA Dr Michael Leat, in a damning
letter to the CEO raised issues of lack of
logistics which was gradually turning the once
enviable medical centre of excellence into a grave
yard.

Dr Leat cited the lack of oxygen which he said
killed about five patients a couple of days ago.

He was also furious with the cash and carry system
which made it impossible for victims to receive
treatment if they had no money to pay for the
blood transfusion and the emergency drugs.

He said for the second largest referral centre in
Ghana, it will be dangerous to ask accident
victims some of whom may have been transiting from
one region to another to pay for drugs and blood
before they will be attended to.

"As doctors we are sick and tired of presiding
over deaths," Dr Leat said in the letter
intercepted by Myjoyonline.com Tuesday.

He suggested they are increasingly becoming
"shells of horror," who are "unable to endure the
constant psychological assault they encounter
daily." The doctors would not want to be used as
"instruments of morbidity and mortality" in an
ill-functioning emergency ward.

But the CEO Dr Akpalu dismissed the claims by the
doctors. In an interview on the Joy SMS, the Korle
Bu CEO said the lack of oxygen claims cannot be
true. He also rejected the claim that monies are
taken from accident victims before they are given
medical treatment.

Barely a day after his denial, Myjoyonline.com
intercepted a memo which reads: "Per the directive
by central management, all non-insured cash drugs
must be paid for before supplies are made. The
only exception is, a twenty-four (24) hour supply
of such medicines would be made in cases where
payments cannot be effected immediately."

On the memo in the possession of Myjoyonline.com,
the CEO in handwriting further threatened that
there should be "No exception in cash drugs or you
pay for them. If supplied, supplier must follow up
to collect the money."

It is not clear why Dr Akpalu would deny in public
the existence of a cash and carry system in the
facility when there is a policy instituted to
enforce same.

Source - Myjoyonline.com



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