The forty-four year old Maternity and Children’s block of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and the newly Bekwai Government Hospital started by the erswhile regimes of Acheampong and Atta-Mills respectivefully are the clear cases of the government’s abandoned projects.
“These are a typical example of abandoned projects. This is what we should call an abandoned projects. ..Not the little little ones we have come to finish “, Minister of Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu pointed out during a sod-cutting ceremony for the reactivation works on the forty-two year old abandoned Maternity and Children’s block of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
“We don’t know when these projects were started. …some are saying fourty, say are also fourty-four”, the Health Minister added as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo performed a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the reactivation of works on the old abandoned Maternity block in Kumasi.
The project, being executed by Messrs. Contracta Construction (UK) Company Limited, is to be completed in three years.
It is expected to help ease pressure on the existing structures constructed in 1954, and comes with facilities, including an emergency reception for children and pregnant women, 10 theatres, intensive care unit, and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) unit.
The rest are breastfeeding centre, paediatric surgery unit, pharmacy, dedicated medical oxygen plant, lecture halls, cafeteria, and other specialist facilities.
President Nana Akufo-Addo indicated that upon completion, the 800-bed facility would contribute significantly to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on maternal and child health.
Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu was hopeful that the development would complement healthcare delivery, especially at the district level, urging the contractors to work diligently to complete those projects as scheduled.
The government, he said, had stepped up efforts to provide the requisite infrastructure to create access for quality healthcare delivery, saying, the recent COVID-19 disease had exposed the inadequacy in health facilities in the country.
We don’t know when these projects were started. …some are saying fourty, say are also fourty-four