Gov’t To Complete 40-Year-Old KATH Maternity block – Minister
Ashanti Regional Minster, Simon Osei Mensah, has said plans are advanced by government to get the 40-year old maternity block at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) completed.
Work stalled at the project site some forty years ago, and successive governments have not ensured its completion to cater for pregnant mothers and their babies.
Congestion at the maternity wards of the hospital has resulted in what has been described as needless deaths of babies delivered at the wards.
An estimated figure of U$ 100 million is required to complete the maternity block.
Last year, the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, raised more than Ghc 10 million to put up a new Mother and Baby Unit to ease congestion at the old ward of the KATH.
Speaking to journalists at the Thanksgiving and awards ceremony for staff members of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Mr. Osei Mensah said Government is working hard to get the project completed.
“We are doing all that is within our limit and power to ensure that the funds are secured for the completion of this particular project and some other facilities. We anticipate that if we don't have any hitches, maximum in two months time, we should have signed the agreement and everything will be in place for us to initiate the completion of this particular project,” he disclosed.
KATH begins implementation of Paperless System
Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the hospital, Oheneba Owusu-Danso, announced that the phased implementation of the hospital's paperless system using the Light wave Health Information Management System (LHIMS) has taken off at the Family Medicine, Oncology and the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Directorates.
He said plans are also underway to roll out the project to ensure all clinical, administrative and financial services at the hospital are all paperless by the close of the first half of 2019.
He said the re-introduction of the Staff awards programme after a long break since 2015 signifies Management and the Board's commitment to acknowledge and recognize the contributions of hard working staff towards quality services to the clients of the hospital.
“I therefore wish to urge Members of Staff to take cognizance of this commitment of management and offer their best for the hospital as your toil will not go unnoticed”, he advised.
He charged all staff to be disciplined, client centered so as to get patients to highly accept their services since that can only help the hospital to achieve its corporate objectives.
Special awards and prizes were conferred on seventeen (17) hardworking and longest serving members of staff of the hospital. The overall hardworking staff members were given a cash sum of Ghc15, 000 and other prizes.
The event was sponsored by some institutions including; Hills Pharmacy, Intravenous Infusions Limited, Rikair Company, Uniqluv Company Limited, High Brains Construction Limited, Lifecare Technology Ghana Limited, East Cantonments Pharmacy, Ernest Chemist, Jamfe Ventures and Azorkem Medicals Limited.
The rest are; SAGS systems, Leomax Engineering Company, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals, Alpha Innovations, Pharmanova and Andy Sarp Company.