WATCH: CASHING IN ON COVID: Anas Releases Expose On Sale Of PPEs, Ridge Hospital Suspends Culprits
Ace Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has released his latest exposé dubbed 'Cashing In On COVID'.
The expose which is an initiative of BBC Africa Eye and led by Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposed Thomas Osei, a pharmacy worker and Divine Kumordzi, a member of the the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge) sewing team.
In the said expose, Mr. Thomas Osei, the pharmacy worker was seen selling protective coveralls for GHc600 and face shields among others for a fee of GHc810 which is equivalent to $140.
However, Mr. Osei admitted selling the PPEs and provided receipts for the items sold.
The African Eye Team says due to complains from staffs of the hospital, the Management intervened by sewing face masks for its workers adding little did they know Mr Divine Kumordzi, who was a member of the hospital's sewing team was selling them secretly.
The documentary also revealed how Divine Kumordzi sold 100 pieces of the PPEs on site for $140.
After watching the expose, Surgeon at the Greater Accra Hospital, Dr. Hadi Abdallah described the actions of the two men as unbelievable and wicked.
He said "It's unbelievable. It's so bad. If you look at the face shields, my head of department tried on his own to try and create some for us and apparently we had some in the country and people were selling it. Like, that's wickedness"
Chief Executive Officer of UNICOM Chemist Limited, Patience Tsegah said she sold the PPEs to Thomas thinking it was meant for the frontline health workers at the hospital.
She said "On the 9th of April, they had a call for a purchase of nine face shields, to be delivered to Ridge Hospital and I do not condone selling to hospitals for private people to sell to the public"
The Greater Accra Regional Hospital has hence suspended the two staffs following the expose.
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith