In a recent move as unveiled by chief executive Dr. Joseph Akpaloo, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) is set to build a medical centre of excellence.
Kath which is the nation’s second biggest referral facility will in conjunction with Kudaar Ark Investment Limited build the medical centre which it is said will cost a whopping $30o million.
The partnership was unveiled at a thanksgiving durbar held in Kumasi where Dr. Joseph said the project will take off early next year.
The centre is going to be a 20 storey structure which will be called KATH Tower and which will provide modern clinical services to patients as fast as possible.
Also in the plan for the tower is a possible construction of a hostel which will provide accommodation for families and friends of patients who are on admission at the hospital.
In addition to the hostel will be replacement of old equipment with up yo date modern ones and provision of a nurses flats at Bantama.
However, Dr. Joseph charged workers to remember that the achievement of the facility and the goodies that come with it can only be possible through dedication, discipline, avoidance of waste and good customer care relationship.
To ensure that all of the above mentioned are achieved, he said the management will continue to take measures against indiscipline in a bid to improve work ethics. And it will achieve this through the biometric and fingerprint registration system which it had introduced prior to now.
Dr. Joseph stressed that even though there have been obstacles, the hospital was able to make real progress in certain areas which include the replacement of eight lifts at the old ‘Gee’ blocks, installation of two computerized tomography (CT) scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine, the repair of ventilators and patient monitors.
The hospital was also, accredited during the year, as the African Training Centre by the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists for the training of anaesthetists in the continent.
Again, it became the first medical establishment in West Africa to perform craniotomy and frontal advancement for a child suffering from coronal-sagittal cranionsynostosis.
The year additionally saw the start of work on a US$4.5 million ultra-modern sickle-cell and blood centre by the Sickle Cell Foundation with funding from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).
Dr. Akpaloo, said a €175,000 medical incinerator with the capacity to burn 400 kilograms of waste was also constructed with support from the German Agency for Technical Co-operation (GIZ). He applauded the hospital’s board, management and staff for the hard work which had helped to improve the quality of healthcare to patients.