Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Head of Cardio-thoracic Centre, at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra has been sacked.
Sources at the Centre confirmed to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that he received the dismissal letter during the morning of Thursday, August 25, but no reasons were assigned.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng confirmed the dismissal in an interview with journalists in Accra.
He said, “I was given my dismissal letter signed by Mr Joseph Yieleh-Chireh and was to take immediate effect. No reasons were assigned for my dismissal”.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said he had no problem with the Ministry and hoped his dismissal was in the best interest of the country.
“I do not feel disappointed,” he said, adding “After my long years of service to the nation, I feel very good such a decision has been taken”.
He said until his dismissal, he was discussing with the Ministry on pertinent issues affecting the health sector, and pointed out that “I will still play active role in health issues in the country, my dismissal notwithstanding”.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng returned to Ghana to practice as Ghana’s first locally-based cardiothoracic surgeon, and established the National Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in 1992 as there were no cardiothoracic surgery facilities in the country at the time.
He also runs a charitable foundation, Ghana Heart Foundation that is responsible for paying for heart surgery for some indigent Ghanaians under his care.