After a management meeting yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Prof. Otchere Addai-Mensah, requested the suspension of fees collected at the Out-Patient Department (OPD) for the use of urinals and restrooms.
The former KATH management instituted this practice, which has been around for ages.
A patient was refused use to the urinal at the OPD because she had not paid for it, drawing the attention of certain members of the public, particularly those utilizing social media.
Prof. Addai-Mensah, the CEO, expressed surprise at the situation when this reporter called him, but he also promised to work to stop the practice.
Wednesday morning, Prof. Addai-Mensah verified the discontinuation of the previous practice in an interview with this reporter.
He said that clients and guests would no longer be required to pay to utilize the facility.
However, he requested that visitors always try their best to maintain the area tidy.
The CEO said that janitors would be on call to perform routine cleanings as an additional precaution.
He pointed out that doing this will make the OPD clean and comfortable for visitors during business hours.
In an interview with this reporter, UK-based clinician Sabbath Marfo praised the CEO for taking initiative.
He noted that the earlier practice was unthinkable and as a premier hospital authorities should have known that some patients may come there even when they do not have money.
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Michael Ofosu-Afriyie