… As She Hijacks 4 others

By: Prosper Agbenyega

The Director of Medical Affairs of Korle-Bu-teaching Hospital, Prof. Afua Jectey Hesse who has refused to resign her position has also taken over some core responsibilities of the Administrative set up of the hospital.

The Ghanaian Trust has gathered that Prof. Hesse who is holding on to the position as Director of Medical Affairs, has now taken over some of the responsibilities of the Director of Administration.

Reliable information available to this paper has it that, she is now in charge of the Human Recourse Department/Personnel, Public Relations, Transport, Sanitation and Estate.

As far as the estate matters are concern, Prof. Hesse is in full control, signing on to contracts and taking decisions in relation to estate matters. This development, according to many at the hospital is gradually crippling the progress of the hospital in that Prof. Hesse is into Medicals and there is no justification for her taken over estate which is to be handled by a professional.

A Korle-Bu Organogram (Korle-Bu Organisational Structure) in the possession of this paper spelling out clearly ones responsibilities as staff of the hospital, has it that Prof. Hesse by virtue of her position as Director of Medical Affairs is to oversee the Clinical Departments, Diagnostic Support Departments and Quality Assurance as her core duties.

The Ghanaian Trust has been following closely activities at the hospital and published stories to the effect that the Director of Medical Affairs at the hospital, Professor Afua Jectey Hesse is among persons engaging in dubious acts by taking Top-Up Allowances meant for consultants at the University Medical School, just to enrich their pockets whilst milking the consolidated fund dry.

It is on record that the Top-Up Allowances are some kind of stipend for extra work done, and this is only given to full-time employees of the Medical School who are rendering clinical services to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

But one way or the other, Afua Jectey Hesse, who is a full-time employee at both the Medical school and the Korle-Bu hospital, managed to get her name onto the list of beneficiaries of the Top-Up without rendering any form of clinical service at the hospital.

Information is that she is not qualified to take the top ups because of the fact that she is a full time employee at both medical school and the hospital.

But she had on several occasions denied ever being a full time employee of the hospital. However, further checks to that effect revealed that she is in dual employment as she did not resign from UGMS at the time she took a permanent employment at KBTH. This act is believed to be criminal.

She is also believed have been confirmed as a permanent employee of KBTH through dubious circumstances by the Board Chairman and the CEO.  This has given her the opportunity to approve for payment of the “top-up” list though she is not the Spending Officer the hospital, whilst the CEO is the only Spending Officer of the hospital.

Interestingly, Prof. Hesse is alleged to have colluded with the Board Chairman and placed him on the “top-up” list though she knew he (Prof. Aryeetey) is not entitled to this money as spelt out in Act 525.

Thorough checks on the top up list identified Prof. Aryeetey as being a Surgeon. It has been found out that Prof. Hesse indicated the title surgeon against the Board Chairman’s name on the list of beneficiaries on the “top-up.” But information is that the Board Chairman is a Basic Scientist not a Surgeon and a lecturer at UGMS and as a Basic Scientist and a lecturer he does not render any clinical services to the hospital, therefore not entitled to top up.

Prof. Afua Hesse however, was reported to have committed all these financial crimes during her probation period but was confirmed by the CEO and the Board Chairman.

Attempts to contact her proved futile as according to sources, she is in Nigeria marking examination papers, leaving the core business of the hospital.

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