Renovation works on the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital have begun to enable the facility to provide a comfortable and safe healing environment.
The hospital is currently ‘sick’ and saddled with leakage, cracked walls, exposed wires, and broken windows, among others.
Out of the 10 million-dollar target to heal Komfo Anokye, hospital management says it has received more than 50 percent of the money, hence the need to start work with the hope of completing it in 2024.
“The good news is that since the launch of the Heal Komfo Anokye project, the public response has been so encouraging that work on the project has commenced with the beginning of the repair of the roof of the blocks, which has been leaking for years.
Two months after the launch of the fund-raising campaign by Asantehene, we are about 60 percent through with our $10m target in terms of pledges and cash donations.
“My major appeal remains that fixing the sorry state of the blocks is going to require the contributions of all philanthropic individuals and entities in the country and beyond. With no major repairs since their construction in 1954, facilities in the old GEE blocks have suffered massive deterioration and are no longer fit for the delivery of contemporary specialist inpatient services. We are, therefore, urging those who are yet to respond to the appeal of Asantehene to do so in the coming weeks so that the project can be successfully executed in time for the good of the country”, said the Chief Executive Officer of KATH, Professor Otchere Addai-Mensah at the hospital’s 2023 Thanksgiving Service and workers’ award.
The renovation works is expected to give a major facelift to the second-largest teaching hospital in Ghana when completed in 2024.
It will also serve as a legacy project to mark the 25th anniversary Otumfuo’s enstoolment
Professor Addai-Mensah announced an innovation to bring healthcare delivery to the doorstep of patients who patronize KATH.
“Under an arrangement with Ghana Post, the supply of refill medicines by courier to our chronic stable patients scattered all over the country will save people from the stress of having to travel from their homes just for their medicines at a small fee. Upon the receipt of their medicines, the pharmacists assigned by the hospital to the patient will receive an electronic prompt on phone so that they can call the patients for confirmation of the delivery of the medicines sent and appropriately advise them on how to take them.
“The first of its kind in the country’s public health sector, these innovative interventions will no doubt contribute to improving rational drug use practices at the hospital as it will ensure that patients receive medications and care appropriate to their clinical needs without the risk of travelling to the hospital”, he disclosed.
Twenty longest-serving members of staff in the hospital were recognized and honoured at the event.
Nineteen other category winners, independently assessed by a committee of their peers and selected on a very competitive basis, were also awarded for distinguishing themselves in their various fields during the year.
They were all presented with various electronic gadgets as their prizes.
The overall best worker received GHC20,000 while the first runner-up went home with GHC15,000.
The 2nd and 3rd runners-up also received GHC10,000 and GHC5,000 respectively.