- The new Ridge hospital has been closed down barely two days after its opening
- No official reasons for the closure have been given
- The development follows the refusal of hospital director to step down as ordered by the Health Minister
Barely two days after its opening, the Ridge Hospital now known as the Greater Accra Regional Hospital has been closed to the general public.
According to a report by Starr FM, the facility was locked and patients who stopped by for their services were turned away.
While it is unclear whether the management standoff currently ongoing could be a factor for the closure, there has been no official word on the reasons behind the facility's shut down.
Earlier this week, the director of the hospital, Thomas Anaba was asked by the Health Minister, Mr Agyemang-Manu to leave his post.
Mr. Agyemang-Manu in an interview with Starr News stated, "I transferred him because he is no longer useful for me to manage the new facility… he can never refuse to leave that position, let him so try it… we will take over our place…
We have not employed him, he is a Lecturer at the University so he should go back to the University to Lecture because they are still paying him, and if they are not in need of him they wouldn’t be still paying."
However, the former has refused to leave his position unless he receives reasons for his dismissal from the Health Minister.
Dr. Anaba, appointed by the erstwhile Mahama administration in 2016, was supposed to retain his position for four years but has ended up only spending a little over a year in office. Due to the absence of any reason for his dismissal, it would seem as Dr. Anaba has decided to put up a little resistance from the directive given him.
The medical practitioner, along with the Public Services Commission, vehemently disagree with the Health Minister's somewhat arbitrary decision to dismiss the regional hospital's head.
Speaking to Starr News on the issue, Dr Anaba stated, "They said I should hand over immediately and I can’t take two hours to hand over immediately because this is not a small project I’m managing. There are several things I have to tell the incoming director."
He further accused the Health Minister and the Director General of the Ghana Health Service of following their own 'selfish interests', while insisting he will remain at his position until he has been given the reason for his dismissal.
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