…He Refused To Go On Strike In 2015
The unexplained decision by Akufo-Addo’s Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, to forcibly remove the Director of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Dr. Thomas Anaba, from office, is hinting up to be a pure political witch-hunt.
After writing to summarily terminate Dr. Anaba’s contract with the hospital, which was supposed to last till 2020, the Health Minister had not adduced a single tenable reason for the vandalism of the contract, until recently mounting pressure from the media forced him to declare vapidly on Okay FM that Dr. Anaba was incompetent.
But The Republic is finding out that the NPP regime, which has already removed many appointees of the erstwhile Mahama government, is picking on Dr. Anaba for refusing to aid the NPP’s agenda to “assault the pillars of power” in 2015.
In that year, the Ghana Medical Association, which was then led by known NPP sympathizers –President, Kwabena Opoku-Adusei and General Secretary, Dr. Frank Srebour, had become very useful for the Opposition’s stated agenda to make the country ungovernable.
The Association had carried out a long onslaught of strikes against the Mahama regime, ostensibly to press home demands for conditions of service that many Ghanaians thought were outrageous.
With the rank and file of the GMA abandoning public hospitals in 2015 and leaving patients to die, Dr. Thomas Anaba had been one of few members of the Association, who had refused to betray the Hippocratic Oath.
Choosing to stay on as the head of Anaesthesiology Department at the University of Development Studies Medical School, Dr. Anaba, who was also the Chief Executive Officer of Habanah Health Centre, had put his patient first.
Eventually, his refusal to be swept up by the GMA leadership’s bandwagon, led to a snub on radio when Dr. Serebuor had called on all Ghanaian medical doctors to resign en bloc.
On Accra based Radio Gold, Dr. Anaba had told off the GMA General Secretary asking him to resign and leave if he so wished as he, Dr. Anaba, was not interested in tagging along that hard-line extremity.
Dr. Thomas Anaba had gone on to work through that GMA strike winning the affections of many Ghanaians, while Dr. Serebour had escalated his hard line attitude to the National Peace Council, whose calls for relent he flatly snubbed.
Dr. Frank Serebour had eventually also insulted Ministers in the Mahama regime who had complained about his hard line stance as idiots.
As the crest of the strike onslaught fell, Dr. Anaba became renowned in Northern Ghana as one of the few heroes who had stood by the Ghanaian people when the GMA had been led astray by known NPP sympathizers.
In February, 2016, however, Dr. Thomas Anaba was to experience, for the first time, what appeared to be a politically motivated orchestration against him when after then President Mahama had appointed him as the Director of the Ridge Hospital (now Greater Accra Regional Hospital) to replace Dr. Emmanuel Kwabla Srofenyoh, staff of the hospital protested.
The hospital staff had gone as far as writing a protest letter to President Mahama, making all sorts of claims, but a subsequent investigation by the Public Services Commission had cleared him for the position which he was supposed to occupy for a four-year period.
However, just last week, the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu wrote to Dr. Anaba ordering him to hand over to Dr. Emmanuel Srofenyo without any reason at all. Dr. Anaba’s refusal to move generated a public tango, with the media, constantly querying for explanations as to the summary dismissal of Dr. Anaba without answers from the minister.
In what seemed like an attempt to improvise artificial reasons, the PRO of the Health Ministry, Robert Cudjo, had claimed that the removal was only a transfer. However, Dr. Anaba’s appointment had been a contract.
Yesterday, the pressure from the media led to the Health Minister, who had told the Appointments Committee of Parliament at his vetting that he knew nothing about Health and that he was going to that Ministry to learn, claiming that Dr. Anaba had been removed because he was incompetent.
Interestingly, while the claim of incompetence against Dr. Anaba was still yet to come, the Health Ministry’s PRO, had claimed that Dr. Anaba had only been transferred from the Ridge Hospital back to the Medical School of the UDS.
But Dr. Anaba yesterday revealed in media interviews that the letter that ordered him to hand over to Dr. Emmanuel Srofenyo was not copied to the UDS, a thing that was needed to be done if indeed his removal was only a transfer.
Besides, it has even since emerged that following from his appointment to the Ridge Hospital job, Dr. Anaba had had his name removed from the payroll of the Ministry of Education, under which the UDS falls, and had been reinstated on the payroll of the Ministry of Health.
More so, his employment at the Ridge Hospital was a four- year contract that ought not to have been violated the way it has been.
Yesterday, Dr. Anaba told Radio Gold that his lawyers were in the process of filing a suit against the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, who had, prior to yesterday, dared the Medical Director to go to court saying he was ready to face off with him.
In the ensuing exchanges, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Robert Cudjo, has stated that if Dr. Anaba does not resign and move on he will be uprooted.
“Even Yahya Jammeh refused to go and he was made to leave the scene so I don’t think he can continue to be at the Hospital as head while a letter is saying he has been transferred. It wouldn’t even augur well for him psychologically. He should let bygone by bygone and just go on with life,” Mr. Cudjo had rudely said on Accra-based Citi News.
This Robert Cudjo man, who was only recently transferred from the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to the Health Ministry, to replace Tony Goodman, yesterday repeated his lie on Radio Gold that Dr. Anaba’s removal was a transfer.
But Dr. Anaba himself has confirmed that, indeed, the letter supposedly transferring him to the UDS is not copied to the UDS.
The Specialist Anaesthetist is just one of several appointees of the erstwhile Mahama regime, who have been sacked by the Akufo-Addo regime. A tall list of victims includes the former Governor of the Bank of Ghana and the Controller and Accountant General.
The Health Minister’s exchange with Dr. Anaba has since invoked a publication of Dr. Anaba’s profile, which has since been trending on social media.
About Dr. Anaba
Dr. Anaba had landed the Greater Accra Regional Hospital Medical Director post after competitive bidding. He, together with others, had applied to an advertisement in respect of the position, gone through interviews, gotten selected and duly passed.
Dr. Anaba holds a Master’s Degree in Critical Care and Emergencies from the La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. He also graduated as a Specialist Anaesthesilogist and Resuscitation from the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences, Havana, Cuba in 2007.
He became a Medical doctor in 2001 after he graduated from the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences, Santa Clara, Cuba. The Cuban trained doctor is currently a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department, Anaesthesia at the School of Medical and Health Sciences, University for Development Studies positions he has held since 2009.
Dr. Thomas Anaba is also the CEO and Medical Director of Habana Medical Services Tamale.
Dr. Anaba did his Clinical Attachment with the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital between October 2001 and January 2002. He became a House Officer at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital from March 2002 to February 2003. He was a Medical Officer between March and October 2003 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Between 2007 and 2008 he was a Specialist Anaesthesilogist and Resuscitation at the Ridge Regional Hospital. Between 2009 and 2012, he was Consultatant Anaesthesilogist and Head of Department Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
As part of his achievements during these few years of practice, he successfully developed and established a critical care unit for the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
In 2015, he secured a grant from Rotary International and established an obstetric High Depended Unit for the Tamale Teaching Hospital. He had organized and facilitated several training workshops for anaesthetists in northern Ghana and beyond.
He is credited with conducting a country wide needs assessment of pulse oximeters for LifeBox Foundation UK, which led to a donation of 320 pulse oximeters to the country by the foundation. This eradicated the lack of this vital monitor from most Ghanaian operation rooms.
Dr. Anaba developed the first ever BSc Nurse Anaesthesia Programme in Africa. This programme was approved by the National Accreditation Board and had been rolled out at the University for Development Studies since 2012. This programme had come to resolve a huge national problem; created a clear career pathway for nurse anaesthetists in Ghana who hitherto had no opportunity for career progression in the specialty.
He established and manages a private clinic HABANA MEDICAL SERVICES in Tamale. He won the International Award in Excellence and Business Prestige in the Gold Category at the International Quality Submit, New York in 2015. He was celebrated asa a Humanitarian Hero by LifeBox Foundation for 2105 in UK for his contribution in the development of anaesthesia in the world.
He again succeeded in getting Duke University School of Nursing and UDS to sign MOU to assist the department of anaesthesia which rolled out the first BSc Nurse Anaesthesia Distance Programme in Africa. This allows practicing nurse anaesthetist pursue the programme without abandoning their facilities.
He also collaborated with John Hopkins University as country local coordinator to conduct a train-the-trainer on assessment and training exercise on universal precaution adherence in August 2015, Tamale.
He received a ‘World Leader Business Person Award’ from The World Confederation of Business, August 2015 in Houston, Texas.
Contributions and other scholary activities of Dr. Anaba include contribution to the Policy and Guidelines for Hospital Accident and Emergency Services in Ghana.
He also contributed to the National Referral Policy Guidelines for the Ministry of Health. Dr contributed to the Guidelines for Public Health Units in hospitals, Ministry of Health.
He developed the Preoperative Anaesthesia Assessment Protocol for the Tamale Teaching Hospital. He equally designed the Anaesthesia Monitoring Chart for the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
He also contributed in the transformation of the Tamale Regional Hospital to a Teaching Hospital and also played a significant role in the expansion of its infrastructure.
He is the chairman of the interview panel for selection of candidates into the BSc Nurse Anaesthesia programme for University for Development Studies, School of Medicine and Health Sciences since 2012.
Thomas Anaba was and is also a member of many boards and committees. He is a member of the Academic Board, University for Development Studies.
He is also a member of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Board a position he held since 2012.
Dr. Anaba was a member of the WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care. Anaesthesiology Working Group.
He was a member of the Tamale Airport Emergency Committee between 2010 and 2013
He was also a member of the Ministerial Committee on Emergencies for the Ministry of Health between 2011 and 2013.
He is also a Board Member, ‘Nazareth Home for God’s Children’ Northern Region.
He is also a member of other professional bodies. He is a member of the Ghana Medical Association. He equally is an Associate member of the Caribbean Medical Association.
Dr. Anaba is an Associate member, Cuban Society of Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation.
He is a member of the Ghana Anaesthetist Society since 2007 as well as a fellow of the Cuban College of Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation.
Finally, he is an Associate member of the Association of Anaesthetist of Great Britain and Ireland.
Dr. Anaba had been instrumental in the organization, participation and facilitation of many workshop programmes since 2006.
Dr. Anaba’s clinic was among the three short listed health facilities in Ghana for the 2014 SME Awards organized by the Ministry of Trade.
Out of his busy schedules, he has given himself to serving his people. He is currently the Assembly man for the Garu-Tempane District Assembly.
This year, his clinic Habana Medical Service has just been selected as a Quality Ambassador for the period 2016 to 2018 by the Quality Committee of BID and BID Group One, Geneva.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Fiifi Samuels