Patients’ records at KATH not safe from 3rd party access – CEO discloses

General News of Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Source: mynewsgh.com

2018-09-26

Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)

It has emerged that some staff of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi are now disclosing ailment of their clients to third parties contrary to laid rules and regulations of the Ghana Health Service, MyNewsGh.com reports.

This according to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the second biggest facility, Dr Oheneba Danso, is unethical warning health professionals to be wary of the legal implications.

Speaking at the induction and oath-swearing ceremony for allied health graduates at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi last Saturday, Dr Danso said many Ghanaians were now awake to their legal rights and that the health professionals could ruin their careers with the slight negligence.

The ceremony was on the theme: “Achieving the health-related sustainable development goals: The role of the allied health professional”.

Dr Danso expressed concern that about 70 percent of trained allied health professionals were located in Accra and Kumasi alone, leaving the rest of the regions to suffer

He said it was time for an even distribution of health personnel across the country, with a key focus on deprived areas.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei-Mensah, therefore called the Ghana Medical Council and the Allied Health Professions Council to put in place stringent measures to weed out quack practitioners within the system.

He said the risk caused by such practitioners in recent times to human life had been alarming and called for immediate action to be taken to stamp out the menace.

Touching on a number of health-related issues, the Minister urged the newly sworn-in professionals to resort to dialogue, rather than the frequent strike actions, in putting across their grievance.

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