10 December 2012

Ghana: Major Infrastructural Development At KATH

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi has, with funding from its Internally Generated Funds and the government of Ghana, experienced major infrastructural transformation over the last three years, an official report has reported.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, Prof. Ohene Adjei, who presented a status report of the facility over the period, said the management worked to address the frequent electricity cut-outs, unreliable water supply and inadequate ward space.

He told the Ashanti File during a press briefing that the hospital procured two 500 KVA capacity standby generators to provide alternative power supply to all the wards of the hospital.

Prof. Ohene Adjei said the Ministry of Health further improved the electricity needs by also providing a 1,000 KVA capacity standby generator for back up electricity to the Accident and Emergency Unit, and yet another 800 KVA capacity standby generator for the Polyclinic and other areas of the hospital.

The CEO announced that water supply system at KATH got a boost in addressing the irregular water supply by providing jumbo water tanks for all the GEE blocks, which move, increased the water storage capacity of each block from 10,000 to 40,000 litres.

He said with the support of Mashav of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, two new boreholes had been sunk for the hospital, while two old ones had been renovated by the hospital.

Prof. Ohene Adjei also mentioned that a new Magnetic Resonant Imaging (MRI) facility, and a brand new Computerised Tomography scan (CT SCAN) machine, had been provided for the hospital.

The two facilities have, since November 29, 2012, been commissioned by the Vice President, Mr. Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.

The KATH CEO said the hospital had also injected GH¢1.6 million into the construction of a 50 ward capacity Eye Clinic, with US$495,000 support from the USAID and the Himalayan Contract project of USA, which project is about 95% complete.

According to Prof. Ohene Adjei, a 32-flat nurses' block, started in 2004, had been completed with IGF funding and allocated to emergency nurse staff since 2010.

At the cost of GH¢123,000 the hospital has also constructed an emergency lane and driveways to facilitate the evacuation of patients, and enhance security and safety patients during emergency situations.

It has also procured a brand new theatre table and other medical equipment for the hospital, while a canopy walkway has been constructed at the cost of GH¢41,000 to link the Accident and Emergency Unit and the old GEE blocks to facilitate all weather transfer of patients.

Prof. Ohene Adjei further announced that the government provided GH¢18.2 million towards the completion of the 950-ward Maternity and Children's block, which was initiated in 1974.

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