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9 Arrested for diverting medical items for TamaleTeachin Hospital Ebola Centre

Nine (9) persons have been arrested in connection with the diversion of medical equipment meant for Infectious Disease Treatment Centre (IDTC) at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH).

The suspects who are all staff including Kumbieri Thomas, Abdul Malik and one Faaz, both security men at the hospital who posed as an agent of a Techiman based supplier of medical equipment were arrested after authorities of the facility lodged a complaint with the police.
Spokesperson of the Hospital Dr Osei Mensah, who confirmed the disappearance of equipment meant for the Ebola Centre, indicates that the matter is being investigated by the police.
The medical equipment were supposed to be used for the establishment of the Infectious Disease Treatment Centre (IDTC) funded by the Korean government under the auspices of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), at the cost of 1.5 million  Ghana cedis.

According to checks, the IDTC in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa back in 2014 was expected to be equipped with 20 beds, a water tanker, and anambulance bay in accordance with directives by the World Health OrganisationIt was however established that these facilities though were procured and stored at the premier facility in the region, they were never installed paving way for a cartel to succeed in stealing and selling same items to private clinics within the Tamale Metropolis including Universal Health Clinic.
Kumbieri Thomas a staff of the TTH and a leader of the cartel, was reported to have conspired with 8 others in stealing the items that were packed in containers at night and transporting them to unknown locations and later posed as medical suppliers to sell to private health facilities in the region.

Source: mynewsgh

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