Ridge Hospital Closed Down A Day After Its Opening

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The hospital, which is funded by a $250 million credit facility from the US Exim bank and HSBC Bank, was found closed to patients, just three days after it was opened by the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu.

To the surprise of the general public, this facility was reopened just this Wednesday, only to be close down again today.

Anonymous personnel, who spoke to news Ghana, said the hospital has been closed until somewhere Monday. Whereas the Health Ministry says it is not in their known of the closure of the facility.

The Public Relations officer of the Ministry, , however, says all necessary equipment installations have to be carried out before the facility becomes fully operational. “This is a big hospital and a lot of work must go on, but as to whether it has been shut down again, I have no idea because we opened it just this Wednesday… No information has come to us that someone has reported and has been refused to be taken care off. That has not come to my attention.

If it is, then probably we will know what to do later on,” Mr. Cudjoe said in an interview. All these follows the blind alley between the Medical Director of Ridge Hospital and the Health Ministry, on a letter directing Dr. Anaba to hand over to the Public Services Commission, three years short of the expiration of his tenure of office.

The letter said the directive was from the Health Minister, who has already appointed Dr. Anaba’s predecessor, Emmanuel Kwabla Srofenyoh. But Dr. Anaba considered the letter as a sign of bad faith and insisted it would be impossible to hand over until the necessary arrangements are put in place for his predecessor to assume his role.

He has also threatened to sue the Health Minister for unduly transferring him from his post as the Medical Director.

By: Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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