Asantehene receives over 50% of pledges to renovate KATH

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The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi has received over 50 percent of the $10million on the ‘Heal KATH project’ for the refurbishment of the old Gee block of the Hospital.

Speaking on GhanAkoma morning show on Akoma FM with Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin in Kumasi, the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Professor Otchere Addai-Mensah, said the amount was through pledges and donations from individuals and groups.

He expected that more people will donate to support the project.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, last Friday threw a lifeline under the initiative to provide for the comprehensive renovation of the 70-year-old in-patient wards.

He intends to raise $10 million for the proposed project, dubbed ‘Heal Komfo Anokye Project’ and to be implemented by a team of volunteers, made up of an architect, a real estate developer, and marketing and brands communication specialists, among other experts.

The main blocks at KATH, popularly referred to as ‘Blocks A, B, C and D’, are expected to be renovated at $10 million under the project as part of the legacy projects marking the 25th anniversary celebration of the enstoolment of the Asantehene next year.

He observed that the rate of deterioration of the health facility, which serves as a referral centre for about 12 regions, was an eyesore, and that Corporate Ghana, Ghanaians, individuals and residents were duty-bound to ensure its renovation devoid of politics, because the facility serves all Ghanaians.

Hardly had the King ended his appeal than he received a positive response of donations and contributions of all magnitude dropping into available accounts for the facelift drive.

He said the pledges and donations from individuals and others will motivate others to support the project.

Millions of Ghana cedis were received from Ghanaians both home and abroad in honour after the Asantehene’s appeal.

Justice Amoh, Managing Director (MD) of Justmoh Constructions, has opted to renovate one of the four blocks from his own resources, while Mr. Isaac Owusu of Isaac Stationary and Group of Companies would renovate one floor of any of the blocks.

A Kumasi businessman, J.K. Agyeman, has offered a whole Secretariat for the Project Team, which is duly furnished by Andy Sarp Furniture Company, while Fidelity Bank Ghana sponsored the launching ceremony.

Some of the contributors included the Kumasi Traditional Council (GH¢1 million); Unijay Fashions (GH¢1 million); Managing Director of State Insurance Company (SIC) (GH¢200,000); Prophet Kofi Amponsah of House of Ezra (GH¢300,000); Dr. Henry Kokofu, Executive Director of EPA ($10,000); Ashanti MP Caucus (GH¢100,000); Ghana Oil Company (GH¢200,000); Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council (GH¢100,000); MP for Asawase, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka (GH¢110,000); Lawyer Kwame Osei Prempeh (GH¢100,000); Yaw Osei Adutwum (GH¢140,000); Nana Aboagye Asare ($10,000) and US-based United Ghana Empire (GH¢200,000).

Other contributions are Francis Asenso-Boakye, MP for Bantama (GH¢100,000); Nana Kwadwo Gyasi (GH¢50,000), MP for Nhyieaso, Stephen Amoah (GH¢50,000), Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei Mensah (GH¢50,000); Millennium Excellence Foundation (GH¢50,000); MP for Oforikrom Dr. Emmanuel K. Marfo (GH¢50,000) and Kumasi Central Market, Race Course, Suame market Traders (GH¢50,000).

The rest are Adelaide Ntim, MP for Nsuta (GH¢30,000); Dr. Grace Boadu (GH¢10,000); Ashanti Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (GH¢10,000); Sly (GH¢10,000); Kumasi Mayor Samuel Pyne (GH¢20,000); Deputy Minister of Lands, Benito Bio (GH¢15,000); Tepamanhene, Nana Adusei Atwenewaa Ampem (GH¢20,000); Appiah Stadium and Kwabena Nyame of NDC and NPP respectively jointly donated GH¢5,000 while Francis Manu Adabor, MP for Ahafo Ano South East contributed, GH¢500.

The Asantehene appealed to the general public to support the project to prevent the hospital from closing down.

Source: 3news.com

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