KATH’S retooling programme gets a big boost
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has procured two Oxygen Plants at the cost of GH¢5.6 million, as part of the hospital’s ambitious retooling program, which was initiated by the facility’s management and Board to procure vital facilities through its Internally Generated Funds(IGF).
KATH has also acquired and installed some critically needed equipment and facilities worth over GH¢4.5 million which are making remarkable differences in the hospital’s ability to provide a broader range of specialist care to the public.
The equipment are Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) machine for Psychiatry, two operating lamps for the main Theatre, nine suction machines for Surgery and Emergency Medicine Directorates and HB Electrophoresis machine for the Haematology Unit.
Others include Cautery machine tips for the Eye Unit, two operating tables for the Trauma and Orthopaedics Directorate, one heavy duty industrial washing machine for the Laundry Unit, Upgrade of 128-slice Siemens C.T. Scan for Radiology Directorate and two Siemens C-Arms for Cardio Unit and Trauma and Orthopedics.
Dr. Oheneba Owusu-Danso, the Chief Executive Officer of KATH, who disclosed these at the Mid-Year Performance Review Workshop in Kumasi last Tuesday, emphasised that it would have been catastrophic for the hospital if it had not acquired these equipment, especially in the wake of the outbreak of the COVID -19 pandemic, as the facility was the major referral center for 14 out of the 16 regions of the country.
Dr. Owusu-Danso said, during the period under review the hospital was compelled to spend huge sums of money to expand in-patient facilities for the isolation of suspected cases and treatment of COVID-19 positive patients in severe and critical conditions.
The CEO mentioned the expansion of the 3-bed Infectious Disease Holding Area (IDHA) at the Accident and Emergency Centre into a 32-bed facility and the expansion of the Highly Infectious Isolation Unit (HIIU) from a 4-bed center to a 28-bed facility.
He said as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions on movements and social distancing protocols, the hospital spent huge sums of money on PPEs while all other services and expected revenue from them slumped during the period.
Dr. Owusu-Danso announced that the entire clinical operations of the hospital have gone paperless since the start of August 2020, emphasising that it is a significant achievement that would change the operations of the hospital and improve the quality of its services to the public.
He commended and saluted gallant members of staff for their sacrifice, dedication and professionalism in the provision of clinical care to patients during the peak of the COVID-19.
He also conveyed the heartfelt appreciation of the nation to staff, especially the frontline health workers at the HIIU, the IDHA at the Emergency Medicine Directorate, other Holding Areas and the COVID-19 laboratory.
The CEO was thankful to Dr. Osei Kwame Despite, Dr. Ernest Ofori Sarpong, CEOs of Despite Group of Companies and Special Ice Group of Companies respectively, Kwadwo Asamoah, former Deputy Skipper of the Ghana Black Stars, Dr. Kwaku Oteng of Angel Group of Companies, the Church of Pentecost and Contracts Construction Ltd. among others, as philanthropists and individual donors who made the special procurement possible.
From Thomas Agbenyegah Adzey, Kumasi