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TTH CEO back to work, REGSEC beefs up security

The Chief Executive Officer of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) who was chased out by two groups affiliated with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been reinstated.

The groups; the Kandahar Boys and the Concerned NPP Youth Coalition, have accused Dr. David Kolbila of incompetence and misuse of hospital funds. They also said he had neglected them despite the role they played in getting him appointed.

Read: NPP Kandahar Boys chase away Tamale Teaching Hospital CEO

Chairman of the Regional Security Council, Salifu Saeed, told Citi News that REGSEC has unlocked Dr. Kolbila’s office and assured him of adequate security.
Although similar acts of political vigilantism have gone unpunished, he indicated that those found culpable will face the full rigors of the law.

Mr. Saeed said REGSEC will intensify its surveillance network to forestall such occurrences in future.

Staff complicit in Kandahar protest

Meanwhile, preliminary investigations indicate that some staff of the hospital instigated the pro New Patriotic Party (NPP) youth groups to chase out Dr. Kolbila.

Speaking at an emergency meeting by the Northern Regional Security Council., Mr. Saeed said: “We have met as RECSEC and the investigation machinery has been activated strongly and they are to search for the perpetrators of the act and arrest them immediately.”

According to him, a five member Adhoc Committee has been established to investigate the unfortunate incident by the Kandahar Boys in collaboration with the group calling itself Concerned NPP Youth Coalition.

He said the committee is made up of security heads and some health professionals outside the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

He stressed that the committee’s report will be immediately implemented to serve as a deterrent to others.

He commended the hospital staff for being steadfast during the unpleasant situation.

The NPP Kandahar Boys group and its allies on Monday chased out of office the Chief Executive Officer of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) Dr. David Zaawumya Kolbila.

Among other issues, they also accused him of travelling to China without handing over to the next in command.

Read: Tamale mayor condemns violent attack on Tamale Hospital CEO

The recurrent attacks on former CEOs of the Tamale Teaching Hospital is largely influenced by partisan politics.

On February 23, 2017, a group affiliated to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), known as the Northern Young Patriots in a similar fashion demanded the immediate dismissal of the Tamale Teaching Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Prosper Akambong.

The group’s Chairman, Bashiru Baba at a news conference in Tamale, accused Dr. Akambong of superintending over corruption, nepotism and abuse of human rights of staff.

He also claimed that Dr. Prosper Akambong reduced the major referral health facility to a death trap.


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