Beginning Thursday, September 3, 2020, the Director of Medical Affairs at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), Dr Ali Samba is to act as Chief Executive Officer of the hospital until a new substantive CEO is appointment.
This follows the end of the tenure of Dr Daniel Asare as CEO of the hospital.
In a press statement dated August 31, 2020, signed and issued by the acting Board Chairman of the hospital, Jerry Ahmed Shaid, the Board of Directors of the hospital entreated the staff to offer Dr Samba the “necessary support to enable him drive the hospital’s agenda of providing excellent healthcare.”
“The Board would like to extend its warmest regards and appreciation to the outgoing CEP and wish him the very best in his future endeavours.
Dr. Asare took over from Dr. Samuel Asiamah who was acting CEO after Dr. Felix Anyaa left the position.
Before his appointment, he served as the CEO of the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH) in the Central Region.
Dr. Daniel Asare in June 2020 tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), went through the necessary protocols and was treated.
During his tenure as CEO, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, in collaboration with Transplant Links UK, performed a successful kidney transplant for four patients with kidney conditions in a major breakthrough in local medical practice.
The transplant team at the KBTH was led by surgeons Dr Bernard Morton and Dr James Edward Mensah, and kidney specialists, Dr Vincent Bioma and Dr Dwomoa Adu.
In all Dr Asare has 29 years of experience in the health service with 17 of these years in hospital management.
He was the foundation head of the new Brong Ahafo Regional Hospital, Sunyani and was later transferred to the Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua, where he ably transformed the hospital.
When the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital was being transitioned from a regional to a teaching hospital, Dr. Asare was called upon to facilitate the process as the Chief Executive.
He successfully carried out this mandate and the seventh batch of doctors are completing this year. Postgraduate doctors are also being trained at CCTH.
Dr Asare is a trained Otorhinolaryngologist at the West African College of Surgeons.
He has also studied Health Systems at Leeds University in the United Kingdom.
Dr Asare successfully digitized many of the operations at CCTH before leaving the place and sent similar rich experience to Korle Bu.
Some workers of Korle Bu, mostly senior staff in May this year started internal agitations over the retirement of Dr Asare and argued they were picking indications that there were plans for Dr. Asare to extend his tenure at the health facility.
Article 199 (1) states that: “A public officer shall, except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, retire from the public service on attaining the age of sixty years”.