The project to offer a comprehensive renovation of the dilapidated structure of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has begun with the repair of the roof of the old Gee block.
The leaking roof, which drenches patients whenever it rains, causing discomfort, is the first target for the entire renovation project and will pave the way for the rehabilitation of the four blocks.
According to a communiqué issued by the Committee supervising the project after an inspection tour, the repair by Premier Steels Limited is 60% completed.
“The repairs on the leaking roofs of the old Gee blocks at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) under the Asantehene’s 10 million United States Dollar comprehensive renovation and modernisation project for the hospital has reached a 60 per cent completion rate.”
The Management of the hospital, the lead sponsor of the project, Justmoh Constructions Limited- who bears the cost of one of the five blocks- and the leadership of the Heal Komfo Anokye Project (HeKAP) made their first tour to the site to inspect the progress.
“After a thorough inspection, the meeting was satisfied with both the progress and quality of work done so far by Premier Steels Limited, the company executing the concrete roof repair works to stop the persistent seepage of water into the blocks and the wards anytime it rained.”
Mr. Justice Amoh, the Chief Executive Officer of Justmoh reiterated his commitment to ensuring a speedy execution and possible completion of the project.
“The funds that I have committed to this project are available and secured, and if there will be the need for additional support to ensure that the highest possible quality work was done on it and in an expeditious manner, I am prepared to consider that.”
The renovation of the blocks will commence as soon as that of the roof is completed. Block A is earmarked as the first of the four blocks to undergo renovation.
“We have, for instance, agreed with the management of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Directorate located in the “A Block’, where the renovation works will start first, on a plan to relocate some of its services to other parts of the hospital to allow for the commencement of the renovation,” CEO of KATH, Prof. Addai-Mensah said.
The Heal KATH project is aimed at giving a facelift to the 70-year-old hospital in Kumasi, which has been deprived of any major renovation since its construction.
The project is being facilitated with a US$10 million fundraising project mobilized from the public. The mobilization of funds is being spearheaded by the King of the Asante Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The project was launched by Otumfuo on Friday, November 10, 2023.