Various Directorates of the Hospital
Prof. Bernard Nkum
Head of Directorate
The Directorate of Medicine was inaugurated on the 30th of October, 2001 as a Clinical Directorate in Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
The directorate provides specialist outpatient and inpatient services, medical emergency services, training of undergraduates and postgraduate medical and nursing professionals and also conduct research into Health Problems.
STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP OF MANAGEMENT TEAM
The Directorate is managed by a Seven (7) Member Management Team. It also has Technical Heads of the various sub-specialties as well as in-charges of the various wards.
Directorate Management Team Members
- Prof. Bernard Nkum – Head of Directorate
- Dr. Frank B. Micah – Lead Clinician
- Mr. Joseph Attakorah – Pharmacy Manager
- Ms. Akua Kusiwaa Karikari – Nurse Manager
- Ms. Vera Osei Bimpong – Business Manager
- Mr. Eric Opoku-Ware – Accountant
HEADS-SUB-SPECIALTY /CONSULT SERVICES
- Isaac Owusu Cardiology
- Fred Stephen Sarfo Neurology
- K. Opare Sem Haematology/ Oncology
- Martin Agyei Dermatology
- Obeng Baah (Acting Head) Chest
- Betty R. Norman H.I.V
- Frank Micah Diabetes
- Mrs. Siaw Lartey Asthma/Respiratory
- Mrs. Eileen Micah Gastroenterology
- Kwame Yeboah Mensah Rheumatology
- R. Phillips Infectious Diseases
- Pediter Okyere Nephrology
- Osei Sarfo Kantanka Non-DM Endocrine
- D1 Georgina A. Yeboah
- D3 Juliet Boadi Ampofo
- D3 Stroke Unit Regina Jubin
- D4 Alberta Hagan
- D4 I.C.U Elizabeth Deborah Owusu
- D5 Angelina Adubofour
- D5 Day Care Unit Marynda Kusi Boakye
- C6 Ernestina Ntiamoah
- Medicine Critical Care Team John Antwi
- Dialysis Lilian Owusu Ntim
- Diabetes Centre Mary Ayipeh
- Diagnostics Centre Geogina Agyeiwaa Owusu
- Chest Clinic Ayisha Yusif
- Consulting Room One Dora Amankwa Ntori
- Non Invasive Cardio Lab Emmanuel Quansah
- Diet Therapy Unit David Asah-Kissiedu
KEY FUNCTIONS AND SERVICES
The directorate is mandated to provide the following
- Advance Specialist Medical Care
- Training of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical and Nursing professionals in Internal Medicine.
- Provide support to primary and secondary health institutions
- Finance and Administration
- Diet Therapy
- Diagnostic Centre
- Clinical Services
- Out-Patient Services
- In-Patient Services
- Medicine Critical Care Team (MCCT)
- Special Clinics
- Non-DM Endocrine
- Other Services
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
- Training of Post and Undergraduate Medical and Nursing Personnel
DIRECTORATE HUMAN RESOURCE SITUATION- (2018 MID-YEAR REPORT)
HCA/Ward Assistant 21
Pharmacy staff 14
Dieticians/Nutrition Officers 3
Medical Record Officers 6
Finance Officer 1
Revenue Officers 7
Health Services Administrator 1
Administrative Manager 1
Private Secretary 1
National Service Personnel 8
RESEARCH AND OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
- Analysis of germline STK11/LKB1 mutation in the family of patients with Peutz- Jeghers
- Lipid studies in Kumasi
- Prevalence of microalbuminuria in Sub- Saharan Africa: The Ghanaian perspective.
- A study of humans as reservoir species for Mycobacterium ulcerans in Ghana.
- A prospective study of Pharmacokinetic interaction between efavirenz and Artemisia- based anti-malarial drugs in Ghanaian HIV inpatients.
- A study of the response of pre- ulcerative lesions caused by M. ulcerans to 8 weeks treatment of daily combination of Streptomycin and Rifampicin or Clarithromycin and Rifampicin at Tepa Government Hospital
- A study of the response of pre- ulcerative and early ulcerative lesions caused by M. ulcerans 8 weeks treatment of daily combination of streptomycin and Rifampicin or Clarithromycin and Rifampicin is being carried out in the Ahafo Ano North district this is aimed at developing an oral regimen for treating buruli ulcer.
- In collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the Ahafo Ano North District colleagues in the department are carrying out an outreach education and diagnosis and treatment programme in the Ahafo Ano North District titled “Early detection diagnosis and treatment of Buruli Ulcer in the Ahafo Ano District, Ghana”.
- Cardiovascular Failure in Severe Malaria.
- Prevalence of diabetic nephropathy in patients attending the diabetic clinic at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana.
- Endoscopy findings in patients with upper GIT bleeding at KATH
- Association between serum uric acid levels and outcomes types and risk factors of stroke at KATH.
UNIT AND CLINIC DAYS
|CLINIC NAME||CLINIC LOCATION||MONDAY||TUESDAY||WEDNESDAY||THURSDAY||FRIDAY|
|Asthma / Respiratory||CR1||12pm-5pm|
|Non-DM Endocrine||DM Centre||8-4pm|
|Diet Therapy||Diet Therapy Centre||8-4pm||8-4pm||8-4pm||8-4pm||8-4pm|
|Stress ECG||Cardio Lab||8am-4pm||8am-4pm||8am-4pm||8am-4pm||8am-4pm|
|HOLTER ECG||Cardio Lab||8am-4pm||8am-4pm||8am-4pm||8am-4pm||8am-4pm|
|Ankle Brachial Index||Cardio Lab||8am-3pm||8am-3pm||8am-3pm||8am-3pm||8am-3pm|
|Foot Assessmant||DM Centre||8am-3pm||8am-3pm||8am-3pm||8am-3pm||8am-3pm|
WHO- The department is collaborating with the WHO in coordinating a trial in the Buruli ulcer endemic districts (Ashanti Akim North, Ahafo Ano North, Nkawie Nwabigya and Dunkwa district) investigating the use of oral rifampicin and clarithromycin combination by contrast with rifampicin and streptomycin combination. This is the final year of the evaluation. Through longstanding collaborative work between the Department of Medicine, and WHO, Buruli Ulcer treatment centres have been set up at Nkawie, Dunkwa, Tepa and Agogo Government Hospitals with recent expansion to the St. Peter’s Hospital, Jacobu in the Amansie Central District in the Ashanti Region.
University of Liverpool, South Tee’s Hospital, Middlesbrough (London) –The department collaborated with University of Liverpool (London) and South Tee’s Hospital (UK) in finally evaluating the outcomes of introduction of Tenofovir in treating patients with Hepatitis B and HIV co-infection. This has been ongoing collaboration since 2008.
University of Loyola (Chicago) – The department in collaboration with the University of Chicago, Obuasi Municipality in Ashanti region and Daboya in the Northern Ghana carried out a population based evaluation of HCV to establish the true burden of the disease in Ghana. This multi-disciplinary structured “hepatitis network” that will enhance the collective ability to address the fundamental questions surrounding the hepatitis epidemic in West Africa has been established. The Africa Collaborative Hepatitis Network (HEPNET) was created through collaborative effort between the Department of Medicine and Loyola University in Chicago, USA.
St Georges University of London
This ongoing collaboration was established in 1996 for faculty in both institutions to undergo research and training. The areas of research pursued include Buruli ulcer, Hypertension and Renal Failure.
The Cardiology unit in the department centre collaborates with local and international collaborators. Local collaborators include the Departments of Molecular Medicine, Community Health and Clinical and Social Pharmacy as well as the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR). International partnerships have also been established with Cardiostart International; Guangdong Provincial Cardiovascular Institute, China; Cardiovascular Centre, onze Lieve Vrouw Hospital, Aalst, Belgium (for cardiac surgery and pacemaker implantation); Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Michigan Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Utah (USA), Medtronic Global Health Initiative, University Hospital, Hamburg – Eppendorf, Germany.
SIREN is the largest study of Stroke in Africa to date and aims to characterize the
novel and emerging vascular and genetic risk factors for stroke among Africans. This study is in collaboration with the University of Ibadan.
In collaboration with Parkinson’s Institute in Milan, Italy, the Department of Medicine is investigating the genetics of predisposition to Parkinson’s disease. The Department currently provides Levodopa/Benserazide free of charge to patients with Parkinson’s disease who otherwise could not afford these medications.
By collaborating with the Universities of Utah and Stanford in the United States faculty from these institutions visit every year for 2-3 weeks to provide neurology training for medical students and residents.
Other ongoing collaborations include:
Trial of MIRASOL in Transfusion Products TERUMO/University of Cambridge
Aflatoxin in Liver Disease Alabama, USA
HIV research Brown University
Gastrointestinal research Mayo Clinic, USA
Diabetes Research ITM, Berlin
The Department of Medicine has educational links with the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), UK.
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