The Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi held its Best Staff and Long Serving Awards Ceremony on Thursday June 29, 2012 in the Ashanti Region.

Prof. Ohene Adjei-KATH CEO
Prof. Ohene Adjei-KATH CEO

In all, a total of about seventeen (17) professional categories were honoured for their contributions to the successful operations of the hospital in 2011.

The categories honoured includes; Best Nurse- junior category, Best Nurse-senior category, Best Midwife, Best Nurse Anaesthetist, Best health care Assistant and Best pharmacist among others. The award winners went home with LCD television, laptops, double door fridges and five-burner cookers and the over-all 2011 KATH Best worker received a brand new Tata indicar car.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Prof. Ohene Adjei said the Awards ceremony was re-instituted in 2009 as part of management?s efforts to reward deserving staff for their dedication, hard work and continued loyalty over the years.

He cited that every category winner was nominated by his or unit or Directorate to contest for the ultimate prize. Prof. Adjei noted that management had no hand in who the units or directorates nominated to contest for the awards.

According to him, the categories have been designed to ensure that every staff has a fair chance to be recognized. Prof. Adjei said the hospital has for the past three years honoured over 200 staff members for their long service and close to sixty (60) others for their hard work.

The KATH CEO also stated low National Health Insurance Scheme (SHIS) tariffs for services rendered to health insurance subscribers is of great concern to management. ?With around 85 percent of our clients being NHIS subscribers, the revenue stream of the hospital has been dwindling relative to the cost of operations? He said. Prof. Adjei said due to the above reason, tariffs have virtually stagnated over the period, expenditure on medical consumables and equipments have increased abruptly.

Prof. Adjei hints the situation has put the hospital?s finances under serious threat and undercut its ability to pay its suppliers.

He therefore appealed to the Ministry of Health to facilitate an upward review of tariffs to compensate for the current cost of medical inputs.

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