The New Trust Newspaper has gathered that, a certified Chartered Forensic Accountant and member of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) staff, Awuni Akyireba has officially dragged the Chief of the Hospital, Dr Oheneba Owusu Danso, and the Medical Director, Prof. Baafuor Kofi Opoku to Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) for allegedly using Covid-19 funds to buy luxurious vehicles for their comfort at the time the hospital was facing serious challenges.
The vehicles in question and which was involved in accident
The petitioner invokes section 7(1a,c,e and f) of the Commission’s Act of 1993 Act 456
The full petition which has also been copied to the Internal Audit Unit, KATH and His Royal Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II,Asantehene reads ,”
The account statement that shows payment for the vehicles (item 2 and 3)
P.O. Box 854,
10th November, 2021.
Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ)
Old Parliament House,
PETITION TO INVESTIGATE CEO OF KATH, DR. OHENEBA OWUSU DANSO, OVER
ALLEGATIONS OF SPLURGING COVID19 FUNDS ON LUXURIOUS CARS AND THE
INVOLVEMENT IN ACCIDENT BY, EMMA BAAFUOR OPOKU, THE WIFE OF THE MEDICAL
DIRECTOR (KATH) WITH KATH OFFICIAL CAR OF REGISTRATION NUMBER GX2895-20.
Pursuant to section 7(1a,c,e and f) of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative
Justice Act of 1993 Act 456, I invoke your jurisdiction to undertake the above stated function.
- That I am a Certified Chartered Forensic Accountant and a member of staff of KATH for
- That in the year 2020,when Ghana recorded Covid-19 cases, individuals, philanthropists
and civil society groups having aroused by the consternation of the pandemic made
various donations to KATH in varied forms to augment government’s effort and to fortify
the hospital in the fight against the pandemic. Notable among them were liquid cash of
dollars donated by Kwame Despite and Kwadwo Asamoah of $100,000 and $20,000
- That KATH faces a lot of challenges such as inadequate beds that have resulted in deaths
of patients, lack of laboratory reagents to run basic Labs tests like HBA1C, LFT,
Beta-HCG, PSA, hepatitis C RNA, Spoilt elevators at D-block and C-block, leaking roofs
when it rains, clumsy and unkempt floor of the wards, broken windows that allow
mosquitoes to infest patients with additional sickness on the ward among a slew of
- That the CEO at a performance review meeting and business meeting of the hospital has
stated that all the directorates of the hospital incurred losses in the year under review
which cumulative loss was about Ghc 6.2million wherefore the hospital was unable to
pay end of year 2020 bonuses to members of staff and meet the logistical needs of the
hospital such as listed in point 3 above. And just on the 29th of October, 2021,the Acting
Head of Directorate of Trauma and Orthopaedics Directorate had to write to suspend all
orthopaedics surgeries at the A&E theatre due to unavailability of theatre tables.
- That the CEO has an official car – Nissan SUV 2016 registered which he took over as
brand new car in 2017 when he was appointed.
- That in spite of the challenges as enumerated in 3 above, management has bought two
additional luxurious Toyota Camrys of 2020 model for the pleasure and comfort of the
CEO, Dr Oheneba Owusu Danso, and the Medical Director, Prof. Baafuor Kofi Opoku.
- That if the hospital made loss in the year 2020 but management could raise money to buy
the two luxurious Toyota Camry cars at a cost of $58,000 each, the two of which cost
$116,000, then it stands to reason that they used the covid19 funds to buy the two cars the
purchase of which is far removed from the intended purpose of the donated monies. It
also has apocalyptic repercussions in the future on the hospital because benefactors will
not have the urge to give donations to the hospital if their donations will be splurged on
luxurious cars for the comfort of Directors and not the maintenance and the well-being of
- That the Medical Director, Prof. Baafuor Kofi Opoku, gave his official car, one of the two
luxurious cars, to his wife to use and she got accident with it on the 23rd of August, 2021.
- That the wife of the Medical Director is not an employee of KATH and hence using our
official car and getting accident with it constitute an abuse of public office by the medical
Have my assurance to assist you fully in this endeavour to punish any wrong doing and to
sanitize the management system of our only premier tertiary hospital serving Asanteman to
enhance quality health care that Asanteman and its environs deserve.
Yours in the Service of Ghana,
And for service on :
- Internal Audit Unit(KATH)
- H. R. M. Otumfour Osei Tutu II
Meanwhile, when contacted for the side of the Hospital,Mr.Kwame Frimpong,the Public Relations Officer(PRO) for the Hospital, described the allegations as false.He however, explained that the hospital has bought two saloon cars from Toyota Ghana Ltd from their International Generated Funds (IGF) AND NOT from Covid-19 donation funds.That payment for the cars was made on installment basis and not outright payment.
Stay tuned for further development of the petition!