The Executive Director of the African Centre for Health Policy Research and Analysis (ACH-PRA), Dr. Thomas Anaba has jabbed the Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, labeling him incompetent and someone who is engaged in politics to appease his paymasters and in order to keep his position.
According to the former Medical Director of the Accra Regional Hospital, the Ghana Health Service Director General was appointed out of age, contravening the rules of engagement of the Service which stipulates that an active working Civil Servant occupies that position.
‘’Dr. Nsiah Asare is playing politics because he was appointed out of age. He knows he is not supposed to be in that position, but because of politics he is there. The rules governing the Ghana Health Service says that an active working civil servant must occupy that position. They removed somebody who was nearing the retirement age, saying he was old, and went and brought in someone who has been on retirement for 3 years. So why was he brought there? To play politics’’ he argued.
Dr. Anaba who was granting an interview to Accra based 3 Fm on the drones for medical deliveries saga, challenged the Ghana Health Service Director General to a debate on the matter saying ‘’I doubt his competence and I will put my life on the line for it. He should come with me on a live television debate on this matter. He can never win and he knows that’’.
Dr. Anaba has made a very strong case against the drones for medical deliveries deal, saying it is a misplaced priority since the various health facilities in the rural areas where the drones are targeted to serve don’t not have the requisite human resource and expertise to administer the medical essentials that will be delivered by the drones.
He says the money should rather be channeled into employing more doctors and nurses who have been at home as a result of the inability of government to absorb them.
He further labeled the deal as a create, loot and share move by the current government.