Water situation normalizes at KATH

Water tapThe Ghana Water Company (GWC) has since Sunday evening restored water supply to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), ending the five-day water shortage that crippled the operations of the nation’s second largest referral facility.

All the departments of the hospital are now operating at full capacity.

Power interruption at the Owabi and Barekese Head-works caused a severe water shortage in the Kumasi Metropolis, forcing KATH to reduce its operations at certain Departments including the Surgical Unit, which ended up dealing only with emergencies and critical cases.

Mr Kwame Frimpong, Public Relations Officer of the Hospital, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the situation compelled the facility to use up all the stored water in its 160,000-gallon reservoir to tackle emergency surgical cases.

It even had to rely on water tanker services to provide water to critical areas such as the “A1” maternity ward, some theatres as well as the kitchen.

The hospital depends mainly on the GWC as its source of water supply and anytime water stops flowing for more than four days, the reservoir and a mechanized bore-hole quickly run out, he said.

A visit to KATH revealed that everything has returned to normal.

Source: GNA

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