KATH CEO pleads for military land for hospital expansion

Professor Ohene Adjei, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has pleaded for the release of the adjoining military land for expansion of the facility.

The hospital, he said, needed additional space to undertake further development to enhance the quality of services and care.

He was interacting with the media in Kumasi to highlight some significant strides made within the last four years.

Prof Ohene Adjei said through its internally generated funds and support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Himalayan Cataract Project, they were building an modern Eye Centre, that on completion, would be unequalled in the sub-region.

Work was also speedily progressing on the maternity and children’s block project, started as far back as 1976, with the release of an amount of GH¢18.2 million by the government.

The three-tower seven-floor building with 950 beds and state-of-the-art facilities, he said, would assist in the efficient management of child and mother conditions

Prof Ohene Adjei said as part of measures to deal with erratic power and water supply to the hospital, they had installed two back-up generators and increased the water storage capacity.

Added to these, he said, are the completion of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) centre and a 32-flat nurses’ block, works on which, began in year 2004.

There was also the conversion of the CEO’s residence into a Guest House as well as the construction of emergency driveways to facilitate patients’ evacuation, acquisition of anesthetic machines, theatre tables and dialysis machine among others.

This notwithstanding, the hospital, has challenges and these include ageing infrastructure and equipment, procurement system and the frequent industrial actions.

Source: GNA

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