KATH calls for support to renovate Accident and Emergency Centre

| Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 3:48pm



The Management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital has urged government to undertake a comprehensive renovation and re-tooling of the Accident and Emergency Centre built more than ten years ago.

This is to enable it continue to offer the intended services in critical healthcare at the Hospital.

According to the Acting Chief Executive of the Hospital, Dr. Oheneba Owusu Danso , the German contractor who was supposed to carry out maintenance and re-tooling of the Centre has refused to live up to its contractual obligation claiming that the government has also failed to honour its part of the agreement.

Dr. Oheneba Owusu Danso was briefing members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health during an interaction with Management and staff of KATH.

The interaction was part of a facility tour of the Committee at the start of their three-day working visit to the Ashanti Region.

The members were conducted around the Eye Centre, Accident and Emergency Centre, Mother and Baby Unit under construction, the abandoned 900-bed maternity and Child complex and the Oxygen plant.

The CEO of KATH, Dr. Oheneba Danso noted that the Accident and Emergency Centre was built to cater for and hold critically ill patients and the injured for a maximum of 48 hours before transfer to the Wards.

Patients remain in the Centre for days and in some cases weeks thereby overstretching the facility.

Dr. Oheneba Danso disclosed that the Hospital’s Oxygen plant is presently able to produce only 10 per cent of the total oxygen requirement of the hospital compelling management to rely on a private provider.

Dr. Oheneba Danso was hopeful that construction of the new one-storey Mother and Baby Unit through the support of the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo would be completed for use by the end of October this year.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Health, Dr. Kwabena Twum-Numah, tells Radio Ghana that the Committee considers the broken down Oxygen Plant as a serious issue which requires government’s urgent attention.

The Ranking Member, Joseph Yieleh Chireh also entreated the government to consider a review of the Capping policy for the health sector in order not to compromise healthcare provision in the country.

Earlier, they had met and interacted with management of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly for a briefing on the Assembly’s healthcare interventions in the metropolis.