Stories from Sebastian R. Freiku
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi has acquired and installed its own oxygen plants at a total cost of about GH¢6 million, including cost of installation of GH¢132,000.
The procurement of the two new sets of oxygen plants at the cost of GH¢5.4 million follows the approval of the Hospital Board, the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), and the National Tender Review Committee.
Installed by Rikair Company Limited, the oxygen plants have a combined production capacity of 2,496 cubic metres of oxygen a day, against the hospital’s current total oxygen consumption of 1,875 cubic metres per day, thus, relieving the facility of the huge cost of GH¢12,000 a day for the 200 bottles of oxygen from private suppliers.
The Chief of Staff, Mrs. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, through whose instrumentality the government gave approval to KATH in October 2017 to adopt a pre-financing module to secure a loan for the plants, to be repaid through its internally generated funds (IGFs) over three years, said their installation was in line with the government’s plan of making Ghana a health tourism centre in the West African sub-region.
She commended KATH for the proactive, innovative and progressive initiative, and assured the management that the government would continue to support progressive minded institutions that would complement the efforts of the government at improving its facilities.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KATH, Dr. Oheneba Owusu-Danso, said of the seven companies which bid, Rikair Company Limited won the contract for the installation of the plants, and are said to be running in perfect condition since May 27, this year, supplying oxygen to all the units of the facility, including the D Block where oxygen is usually required.
He said the excess of over 600 cubic metres produced at the plant could be sold to other facilities at affordable prices.
He expressed regret at attempts by the Ministry of Health to supply KATH with oxygen plants were aborted when those procured were burnt in the Central Medical Stores fire in Tema.
Dr. Owusu-Danso said KATH mentioned that critical diagnostic equipment such as the CTC Scan and MRI Scan machines were obsolete and needed to be replaced to ensure effective and efficient service delivery, and appealed to the MoH to assist in that regard, “even if it meant exploring similar opportunities for a pre-financing module or placement contract.”
Dr. Owusu-Danso commended the government and Parliament for approving a 155-million Euro loan for the completion of the Mother and Baby Unit at the facility, which had been abandoned for the past 44 years.
The CEO of Rikair Company Limited, Nana Yaw Asante, said the plant, the biggest combined oxygen plant in the sub-Saharan region, would ensure no break in the supply of the commodity with the installation of two oxygen boosters.
He gave the assurance of a long term partnership with KATH, and announced that his outfit would offer after sales services and training programmes to reduce operational costs.