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TTH staff not happy about management crisis


Some members of staff of the Tamale Teaching Hospital want the current management to rather focus their attention on life-saving issues rather than setting up committee upon committee.

According to the staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, their hopes for the better are being dashed. “What kind of hospital is it that every day committee here, committee there and yet public perception about us is bad,” a frustrated staff lamented.

“I am tired of divide and rule tactics in this facility; look at this nice edifice and yet people cannot have a breathing space to work.”

“I suspect some people want to make this hospital like a white elephant,” another staff  chimed in.

The TTH CEO, who is yet to be confirmed by the new management board since assumption of office, is expected to address oxygen shortage, frequent water shortages and put in measures to prevent thievery as well as promote the good image of the facility.

He is also expected, as someone who appears to have solutions to TTH problems, ensure that the essential consummables are available at all times. However, it appears  though that the attention now is to fish out people he can and can’t work with, a staff said.

Complaints abound about the hospital’s lack of essential equipment and life-saving medicines, the staff said, adding that an audit of biomedical engineering unit’s findings is yet to be made known.

Inadequate but very important equipment such as defibrillators which are used to constantly monitor a patient’s heart rhythm and automatically administer shocks for various life-threatening arrhymias are not there.

Another important drug, arenaline used in treating life-threatening emergencies is not in the referral facility. The drug is used to supposedly prevent death because of anaphylactic shocks (severe allergic reactions).

Confidence among some staff at the TTH is beginning to erode because their expectations were that things will change for the better but they are rather worsening. Public confidence is dwindling amidst accusations of poor service and neglect of patients.

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