Relatives and patients’ hostel for KATH nears completion

Initiated by the former CEO, Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso the timeline for its completion suffered delays as a result of some challenges faced by the contractor working on the project under a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement. 

Work on the construction of a 194-bed hostel facility designed to accommodate relatives of patients seeking medical care at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) will be completed by the end of this year, according to hospital authorities.

Initiated by the former CEO, Dr Joseph Akpaloo, the timeline for its completion suffered delays as a result of some challenges faced by the contractor working on the project under a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement.

During a media tour on Friday (24 May) it was revealed that the project currently stands at 80% completion, with significant progress made in essential areas such as room and floor tiling.

KATH CEO, Professor Otchere Addai-Mensah expressed confidence in the hospital’s ability to leverage its internally generated funds (IGF) and partnerships with interest groups to enhance its infrastructure.

“We are happy to see that our Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) deal with this private developer is yielding results as the building is now 80% complete and would house relatives who visit KATH to check on patients. We are sure that this place will be operational by the end of the year so we can decongest the wards and precincts of the hospital,” the CEO stated.

The hostel facility is to provide cheaper and more comfortable accommodation for these people. After completion, the hospital would no longer allow any relative or patient to sleep in the open at the facility.

The team also visited the Physiotherapy Centre which has been refurbished to meet global standards. Additionally, plans are underway to repurpose the hydrotherapy unit into a Limb Fitting Center to cater to individuals requiring prosthetic care.

The CEO said the hydrotherapy unit (swimming pool) had become obsolete needing about US$150, 000 to fix but noted that the place would soon be turned into a Limb Fitting Center so it could serve those needing prosthetic attention and care.

“We had to make our Physiotherapy Centre the best and something comparable to world standards and so management decided to use our IGF to put this place in shape so it can adequately and appropriately serve the needs of visitors and patients”, Prof Addai-Mensah stressed.

Reporting By Jonathan Ofori, Asaase Newsroom, Kumasi

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