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KATH spends over GH¢32 million on retooling

BY: Kwadwo Baffoe Donkor
Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso (with arm stretched) showing the newly acquired endoscopy machine

The board and management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has over the past three and a half years injected over GH¢32.7 million into retooling the hospital.

Funding for the refurbishment exercise was from the hospital’s internally generated fund (IGF).

The need to retool the hospital became necessary in order to have it function effectively and efficiently and provide services deserving of a tertiary health institution.

Inspection

Speaking to the media, following an inspection tour of the hospital, the Chief Executive Officer of KATH, Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso, in the company of some of the institution’s board members, said the new board of directors of the hospital took office at a time when most of the hospital’s equipment had broken while others were obsolete and were not functioning well.

He said the Board of Directors, led by the Bompatahene, Nana Effah Apenteng, took the decision to replace some equipment to improve the hospital’s functionality and give the public excellent services.

Equipment

Among the equipment installed were a 128-slice Siemens CT scan, that is used to treat patients with traumatic head injuries, cardiovascular diseases and for advanced diagnostic deliveries.

The KATH’s X-Ray department had for a long time been without a CT-scan to help in managing head injuries and to conduct other investigations that required a CT-scan.

The hospital had also acquired a Biochemistry Analyser, that has the capacity to perform routine tests and detect alcohol and cannabis abuse, for instance. Other acquisitions include a Haematology Autoanalyzer used for full blood count cell counts in body fluids.

Other equipment obtained were an Endoscopy, Echo and Electro convulsive therapy machines and a Dental inductive Casting instrument.

The rest were a Orthopantomogram (OPG) with Cephalometric X-Ray used in taking pictures of bones and other parts inside the body. It is also used to look for fractures including dislocations of the jaw.

The KATH has also acquired a Surge oxygen protector to protect the hospital’s newly acquired oxygen plants from the damaging effects of erratic power outages as it absorbs power surges and diverts them from the machine into the ground.

Gratitude

Dr Owusu-Danso was grateful to the board for its support in helping the hospital come by the essential equipment which would go to improve healthcare delivery at the hospital.

He appealed to the staff of the hospital to look after the equipment well and ensure that they last long.