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General News of Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Source: myjoyonline.com

I have been banned from Cardio Centre - Frimpong-Boateng

The former head of the Korle-Bu Cardiothoracic Centre, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng is claiming he has been banned from entering the unit.

The renowned heart surgeon said he went to the Cardio Centre to pick a few belongings but was prevented by some security men who claimed they were acting on orders from above.

He revealed this in an exclusive interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday.

Professor Frimpong-Boateng was on Thursday August 4, 2011 relieved of his post as honorary director of the National Cardiothoracic Center as per a letter signed by then Health Minister Joseph Yiele Chireh.

His dismissal was met with protestations from the general public with the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) accusing government of being politically vindictive.

Commenting on his recent ban, he expressed shock at the development and wondered why such a directive could be issued at a unit he helped to establish.

He indicated that until his dismissal, he was discussing with the Ministry of Health some pertinent issues affecting the health sector for an improvement.

The heart surgeon added that he is not bitter at the action of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) but will continue to play an active role in the health issue of the country.

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng who is also the Chairman of the NPP Health Committee bemoaned the current status of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and promised an Akufo-Addo government will restore confidence in the scheme.

The NPP man who is Ghana's first locally-based Cardiothoracic surgeon said the health sector needs revitalization to meet the growing health needs of Ghanaians.

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng urged the electorate to vote massively for the NPP to transform Ghana.

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