President Akufo-Addo on the 15th May, 2020, cut the sod to reactivate the construction of the Maternity and Children’s Block project of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi which had been abandoned for 44 years.
President Akufo-Addo said the €155 million funding for the project had been fully secured from German Deutsche Bank and the UK Export Finance to get the project completed in three years.
“I am very happy to be in Kumasi today, the coronavirus outbreak notwithstanding, to cut sod for work to begin finally,” the President said.
Giving his address, the President said, once the project is completed, the 750-bed facility would serve as a referral centre for 12 out of Ghana’s 16 regions.
“The finalisation of this project is very dear to my heart. It would help the country’s drive to achieve the targets spelt out in the Sustainable Development Goals on maternal and child health’’ he added.
Mr. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, Minister for Health added that 18 projects approved by Parliament in 2020 of which Ashanti Region is benefitting from 7 includes the maternity building.
He was hopeful that the development would complement healthcare delivery, especially at the district level, urging the contractors to work diligently to complete those projects as scheduled.
Dr. Oheneba- Danso, Chief Executive of KATH, lamented the hardships pregnant women went through in their bid to seek healthcare due to lack of adequate facilities.
“Pregnant women continue to queue to have critical maternal surgeries, while two to six babies are kept together in one baby’s cot due to lack of space at the Hospital,” he stated.
He added that, the hospital would boast of one of the most modern Women and Children’s medical facilities in the world when completed.
The 750-bed project, among others will have, emergency reception for children and pregnant women, ten Theatres, Intensive Care Units (ICU), an In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) Unit, Breastfeeding Center, Paediatric Surgery Unit, Pharmacy, dedicated Medical Oxygen Plant, Lecture halls, Cafeteria, Gift Shop/Bank and other specialist facilities.