KATH INVESTS MILLIONS OF GHANA CEDIS ON NEW EQUIPMENT
The management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has invested about GHc32,741,781.77 in the procurement of critical equipment over the past four years since the current hospital Board assumed office in 2017.
The procurements were funded through the hospital’s Internally Generated Fund (IGF) and other donations support from private and corporate organizations.
The Chief Executive of KATH, Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso, who disclosed this feat when the Board Members led by Ambassador Nana Effah-Apenteng, inspected some of recently installed at the facility.
128-slice Siemens C.T. Scan
The newly installed equipment in the hospital includes 128-slice Siemens C.T. Scan for the Radiology Directorate and Vitros 5600 Biochemistry Analyser for the Laboratory Service Directorate, Endoscopy, Echo, Electro Convulsive Therapy Machine for the Internal Medicine Directorate and Psychiatry Unit respectively.
Vitros 5600 Biochemistry Analyser
In addition, Dental Induction Casting Machine and Dental Chairs were procured for the Oral Health Directorate as well as surge protectors for the two newly installed Oxygen plants.
Dr. Owusu-Danso explained that GHc2,278,670.50 was expended in the procurement of equipment in 2017 and further made GHc8,656,188.00 worth of procurement in 2018.
About GHc7,282,777.23 worth of equipment were procured in 2020 and this included GHc719,308.00 donated by individuals and organizations for special COVID-19 procurements.
Dr. Owusu-Danso said the 128 -slice Siemens C.T. Scan cost about GHc2,237,000.00 while the Biochemistry Analyser was acquired through a special placement arrangement with a company by name Alos Paraklet.
He said the endoscopy machine cost 84,206.90 Euros while three Echo machines cost GHc746,235.00. The Electro Convulsive Therapy machine was acquired at the cost of GHc246,665.07.
The Restorative Unit of the Oral Health Directorate now has a GHc33,253.00 Dental Induction Casting equipment installed while about Surge protectors have been procured at GHc717,732.35 for the facility’s Oxygen plants.
The equipment thus procured has enhanced quality health delivery at KATH, he emphasised.
The Head of Radiology Directorate, Dr Mrs. Badu Peprah said a total of 500 cases had since October this year been recorded with the newly acquired 128-slice Siemens C.T. scan which is an upgrade of a previous 64-slice model.
She said the machine which provides accurate diagnosis and ensures safety of patients is used for imaging of head injuries, stroke, cardiac attacks, brain, abdominal and chest scans.
Dr. Ruth Owusu Antwi, head of the Psychiatry Unit also explained that Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) machine is useful for the treatment of all post-partum mental disorders (PSD) and those not responding to psychotropic medications.
Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) machine
Dr. Owusu Antwi also said the ECT has enabled the treatment of 18 patients per week.
Dr. Owusu-Danso was grateful to the Board for its support in helping the hospital to acquire this essential equipment which would go a long way 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.