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Don't direct patients to private hospitals

BY: Arku Jasmine

The Chief Executive of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Professor Ohene Adjei, has urged health professionals in the hospital to desist from directing patients to private clinics for personal gains.

He also admonished them to stop collecting illegal monies and commit themselves to their work to make the hospital a centre of excellence.

Prof. Adjei was speaking at the official elevation and inauguration of the Oral Health Unit into a directorate in Kumasi last Friday.

The unit was carved from the Dental, Eye and Ear, Nose and Throat (DEENT) directorate, following the establishment of the second dental school at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for the training of dentists and dental surgeons.

The directorate has already been accredited by the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons as a training centre for post graduate studies in all the dental disciplines.   

Prof. Adjei urged the management of the new directorate to work to develop and expand the various sub specialities such as the orthodontic, paedodontic, restorative as well as maxillofacial surgery and strengthens them to provide quality service to patients.

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He explained that the separation of the Dental Clinic from the ENT followed the establishment of a dental school at the KATH for the training of dentists and dental surgeons.

In his remarks, the head of the directorate of Dental Clinic, Dr D. A. Yaw Adu-Arko, pledged the commitment of the team not only to “move the clinic to another level of quality health care service delivery, but also to block all loopholes at all levels to ensure financial discipline.”

He pleaded with the management of the teaching hospital to renovate the old dental block and establish a separate pharmacy shop for the clinic to speed up healthcare delivery.

“I am also appealing to management to ensure constant and timely supply of dental consumables and acquire 11 additional dental chairs for the newly established dental clinic” he said.

By George Ernest Asare/Ghana