By Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA
Kumasi, Jan. 17, GNA - Mr Simon Osei Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, has said the government is almost through with securing funds to complete the stalled Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
The over 1,000 bed capacity facility, which was started by the General Kutu Acheampong’s government in the early 1970s, has become like a ‘shrine’, which had been visited by all successive governments, but none had been able to complete it to ease the perennial congestion, characterizing the maternity and baby wards of KATH.
“We anticipate that, in the next two months, we would have signed the agreement for everything to be clear to initiate the completion of the project”, the Minister promised, adding that, stalled projects of several other health facilities in the region would also see a facelift.
Mr Osei Mensah, who was speaking at the annual thanksgiving, staff reception and awards of KATH, said the completion of the project would ensure quality maternal healthcare delivery in the country.
The Minister expressed optimism that with team work, the nation’s second largest referral health facility is going to achieve a lot to underscore its hallmark as being a place of excellence.
Award winners of the facility took home certificates, plaques, electrical appliances such as, television sets, refrigerators, and tablets.
They were selected for being the best allied health officer, midwife, doctor specialist and consultant, pharmacist, nurse, health assistant among others.
Dr John Adabie-Appiah, Specialist Consultant and Ms Jemimah Dziedzom A. Tornu, Senior Nurse, were adjudged the overall best staff for 2018.
The received cash prices of GH¢15,000.00 each, certificate and a plaque.
Mr Osei Mensah congratulated the winners for their achievements and urged other staff members to continue to work harder to ensure quality health delivery and recognition.
Dr Oheneba Owusu Danso, Chief Executive Officer of KATH, said the hospital chalked a number of successes in the past year, despite a few challenges and pledged that they were going to work harder this year.
He said records posted so far from the Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem Maternal and Child Health Center indicates very significant improvement in the delivery of quality maternal care.
Again, he said, the Hospital acquired two new sets of oxygen plants at a cost of GH ¢5.4million.
The phased implementation of the hospital’s paperless system using the Lightwave Health Information Management System (LHIMS) has taken off at the family medicine, oncology and ENT directorates and would be deployed to all other parts by the end of first half of the year.
He said the hospital’s board has also approved the establishment of an endowment fund, aimed at focusing on sustainable mobilization of resources to improve the equipment and infrastructure to transform it into a medical center of excellence.
Dr Owusu Danso said the decommissioning of the 20 year obsolete plant has begun and it is expected that installation of the new plants would be completed for commissioning by the middle of March this year.