Former KATH CEO paid GHȻ717,000 judgement debt from hospital account

A former Chief Executive of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Dr Nsiah Asare has been paid an amount of GHȻ717,000 and GHȻ251.68 for the unlawful termination of his appointment in 2009.

Dr Asare sought a “Garnishee Order” putting on hold KATH’s account with the Universal Merchant Bank.

The Bank was invited by the High Court to explain why an amount of money lodged with the bank in the name of the hospital could not be used to defray judgment debt owed Dr. Nsiah Asare.

The Attorney General’s Department prayed the court to allow more time to get the Ministry of Finance to process and make payment.

The Court gave a grace period of 21 days on January 13 2014 which expired on February 11, the same year.

A source at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital told Luv News' Erastus Asare Donkor, the debt totaling, GHȻ717,251.68 has been paid from the hospital’s account.

This comes at a time when the hospital is struggling to pay its pharmaceutical drug suppliers and is said to be in dire need of money to complete its 40-year-old maternity ward.

Dr. Nsiah Asare when contacted did not deny the payment but would not comment further.

Dr. Nsiah Asare instituted legal action after he was asked to proceed on leave upon a change of government in 2009. Prof. Ohene-Adjei was then asked to take over.

Nsiah Asare had all his entitlements (including car, driver) and salary all withdrawn despite a signed contract which was due to expire in October 2010.

On July 2013 a Kumasi High Court ruled in favor of Dr Nsiah Asare.

The court presided over by Justice Kow Amissah Koomson ruled that the termination of Dr. Nsiah Asare’s appointment by the Ministry of health under the instructions of the President was unlawful.

It also found the stoppage of his salary by the then CEO of KATH, Professor Ohene Adjei was also unlawful.

The court ordered that the plaintiff be paid all his entitlements as at January 31st 2012.

The payment included, salary from April 2010 to January 2012 (CEO salary, 1 house help, driver, 2 security guards) GHȻ 81, 119.05, Market premium for the same period, GHȻ 68,275.92, Allowances for the same period, GHȻ 104,582.45, End of service benefits for 11 years, GHȻ 111,014.15, Interest from January 2012 to September 2014, GHȻ 282,260.12.

Source: Ghana | Luv FM | Erastus Asare Donkor