The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Dr. Oheneba Owusu Danso, had said the Hospital, Ghana’s second-largest health referral facility, was in dire need of land for pending projects.
“We lack the requisite land resources for pending projects such as Cardiovascular Centre, Renal Transplant Centre, Infectious Diseases Centre and a Central Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre, amongst others,” he stated.
According to him, the hospital records on the average 1, 450 Out-Patient-Department attendances per day, with a staff strength of 4, 430.
The Maternity and Children’s Block, whose initial sod-cutting was done in 1976, had been abandoned all these years due to the unavailability of the needed funds to complete the 800-bed facility.
In 2004, under the government of former President John Agyekum Kufour, the project was redesigned and expanded after a piece of the adjoining military land was released, following the intervention of the Asantehene.
The three-year project, being executed by Messrs. Contracta Construction (UK) Limited, is expected to revolutionize maternal and pediatric care when completed.
Facilities include 10 theatres and intensive care units, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) unit, emergency reception for children and pregnant women, dedicated medical oxygen plant, lecture halls and pediatric surgery unit.
The others are pharmacy, breastfeeding centre and other specialist facilities.