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Ministry of Health to post 130 doctors to KATH

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh

Government will in October post 130 doctors to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to replace some 150 doctors who left the facility after completing their housemanship, causing inadequacy of doctors at the facility.

Management of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital on Thursday suspended new emergency admissions due to the lack of doctors at the facility.

The Minister of Health Kweku Agyemang has now stepped to assure that up to 130 new doctors will be posted to help in health care delivery at the facility.

“Considering our current staff strength, we are of the opinion that further admissions will endanger the lives of patients and impede the provision of quality care. We would like to put on record that this problem was anticipated by all residents in the hospital and management was notified in writing two weeks ago.”

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Explaining the situation, Kweku Agyemang-Manu said there are two batches of housemen, the seniors and juniors and they do two years.

“After the first year horsemanship, they are supposed to be reposted to other facilities away from Komfo Anokye while some who opt to stay there do so.” 

He added the ministry has secured financial clearance for the 130 doctors for them to replace those that are leaving.