A few months ago, Saint Anne’s Hospital, formerly known as West Gonja Hospital, was the pride of many in the Savannah-area healthcare industry, as the facility housed 11 physicians from various specialties .
These include gynecologists and an obstetrician. The rest is; Resident doctors who were specializing in and outside Ghana and expected to return to hospital. Some are at the Komfo Anokye University Hospital specializing in family medicine, in Korle-Bu as well as in Germany.
The hospital was a referral center and attracted many clients from outside the region, including Ahafo, Bono and the two Upper regions as well as Burkina Faso and Togo.
But unfortunately, the same cannot be said today, as the three resident specialists deserted the hospital during the same month.
JoyNews can also confirm that apart from one in four at school, only one of them will return to the establishment.
Already, the only one who specialized as a consultant, decided not to return. In addition, two of those in office are threatening to leave, as are their senior colleagues.
With this development, the hospital can barely boast of having a single specialist, hence the fear that it will be reduced to a health center.
The specialists, Anthony Ayambire, obstetrician and former clinical care coordinator, Jonathan Wadeyir Abesig, gynecologist and Solomon Gandaa also gynecologist are currently out of reach of the hospital.
JoyNewsThe checks revealed that Dr. Jonathan Wadeyir Abesig and Dr. Anthony Ayambire, who have been described as among the best in the system, are currently working at Bole and Buipe hospitals in the Savannah area respectively, while Dr. Solomon Gandaa who has also left during the same period is with SDA Hospital in Tamale in the Northern Region.
More importantly, hospital records indicated that in 2017, it had zero maternal deaths without any index cases in 33 consecutive months.
Moreover, the hospital this year, headed by the former director of the hospital, Dr. Jonathan Wadeyir Abesig, successfully delivered a young woman pregnant with quadruplets.
This situation worries the inhabitants of Damongo. They say that in addition to attending the facility, some of them live in the same homes and community as the doctors and nurses, so they know what the situation is.
Abdulai Hilalu Haruna is one of them. He said, “Now I don’t know what’s going on there or what’s going on in Damongo. If something bad happens in Damongo-Sawla in the night, can you imagine that,” he asked.
Another man, Mahama Seidu Ewura, whose wife visited the hospital, said: “My wife went there for 7 months and later they asked her to go to Tamale and give birth. So I asked why and a nurse told me that the fat, fat doctors had all run away. So the nurse advised me to take my wife to Bole where she can give birth,” he said.
Context of the crisis: It will be remembered that last December, the CEO of the Hospital dismissed the former director of the establishment and replaced him with the administrator, a man named Frank.
According to insiders, things were not handled well, leading to the resignation of the only two senior specialists, Jonathan Wadeyir Abesig (former director) and Dr Anthony Ayambire (clinical care coordinator).
Our sources have also alleged that two officers, the administrator and the accountant, are among the problems at the hospital as they have been accused of doing the CEO’s bidding, fueling the year-long non-payment crisis. management arrears for doctors and fuel allowances.
This triggered another threat from some doctors to permanently leave St. Anne’s Hospital.
Initially, when the two gynecologists tended to resign in protest against administrative shortcomings at the hospital, they were recalled after a few months. This was followed by a visit by some National Health Union leaders such as the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and the National Catholic Health Service. Health (NCHS) to help resolve issues between management and doctors.
But after waiting with no resolution to the issues raised, the two specialists have extended their request for release letters dated Tuesday, May 3, 2022 seeking to leave both St. Anne’s Hospital and CHAG and be reassigned to ward facilities. of Ghana in the region. .
But after two months of intensive lobbying for them to reverse their failed decisions, their request was granted and their relationship with the hospital is now over.