New Board Chairman of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Anthony Mawuli Sallar, has promised to resign if he fails to transform West Africa’s largest hospital within two years.
Sworn in last September, the Board Chair has assured that when he is through with Korle-Bu, Ghanaians will yearn to fall sick just to visit the hospital.
“Take this down, a year or two years from now, people would want to be sick to come to Korle-Bu to experience the real transformation that is going on at Korle-Bu,” Dr. Sallar said on the AM Show on the Joy News Channel on MultiTV.
The over 90-year-old hospital has become a managerial puzzle for decades with workers’ agitation underlining the exit of CEOs and Board Chair.
Political turf wars between CEOs and Board Chairs and the two against the workers are a typical Korle-Bu happenings as detailed in a former Chief Executive Officer’s book, “Taming the Monster”.
The current Board Chair acknowledges these challenges at the third largest referral hospital in Africa are “daunting but not insurmountable”. He maintained that he has no problem with the new CEO of the hospital unlike previously when CEOs and Board Chairs fought for power.
“The CEO is great. He is phenomenal. He can do the job. I have no doubt he can do the job,” the Board Chair said.
According to Dr. Anthony Mawuli Sallar, Management is trying to repair its relationship with staff. It is also responding to some staff concerns such as health insurance for workers.
He said he was “horrified” to learn that Korle-Bu staff have to pay cash whenever they visit the hospital for medical attention.
“We were horrified. It is not proper that I am working at the hospital and when I fall sick, I cannot go to the same hospital where I work,” the epidemiologist explained.
Nonetheless, to solve the problems at the hospital, he would, together with his team, need to develop data and information systems to be used to take quality decisions.
He gave an example, saying, Management had no idea how many patients visit the hospital at a particular time.
“If I ask, let me know how many people have been to OPD today I want the number, I cannot get it. Somebody would have to go and tally. How do you take decisions when you don’t have the data”.
But all these, he said will be a thing of the past in the coming months.“We are on the road to paradise”, a beaming academician assured.