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THE KOMFO ANOKYE TEACHING HOSPITAL (KATH) HOLDS 2019 MID-YEAR PERFORMANCE REVIEW WORKSHOP.

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) on Monday 16th September, 2019 held its 2019 Mid-Year Performance Review Workshop.

The Chief Executive in a pose with Mr. Charles Dontoh(Ag.Chairman)on left and Dr. Osei Afoakwa on the right. 

Speaking to newsmen in Kumasi during the opening ceremony, the Chief Executive, Dr. Oheneba Owusu-Danso highlighted some of the achievements of the hospital in the period under review including the deployment of the Lightwave Health Information System (LHIMS) software to comprehensively computerize and transform all aspects of the hospital’s operations to make it paperless.

This he said has been rolled out at Family Medicine, Oncology and Ear, Eye, Nose and Throat Directorates. The others include Psychiatry, Oral Health, Child Health and all Out Patients Departments (OPDs)

He stressed that very soon the process will be rolled out to cover the remaining areas namely, Internal Medicine, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and various areas of Central Management functions.

The Chief Executive with  some Board Members of KATH

He also pointed out that KATH was the first tertiary facility in the country to be accredited and licensed to operate by Health Facilities Regulatory Agency (HEFRA) with a premium assessment score of 84% which meant that, the hospital was the first to satisfy the legal requirement of meeting the minimum standards in tertiary healthcare delivery.

He said, the Hospital inaugurated two ultra -modern Oxygen plants and accessories procured at the cost of almost Six Million Ghana Cedis from the hospitals own Internally Generated Fund under a pre-finance arrangement. The new plants are to replace the 20 year old obsolete plants which were producing less than five per cent of the hospital’s oxygen needs and as a result causing the hospital to seek the remaining 95 percent from private sources at a cost Gh₵ 12, 000.00 a day.

He indicated that the newly acquired oxygen plants will therefore save the hospital the daily expenditure of Gh₵12, 000.00 incurred on the procurement of oxygen.

Some Members of Management( Director of Pharmacy, Mr. Anthony Mensah and Director of Finance, Mr.Elvis Kusi)

He thanked the Board of KATH, the Hon Minister for Health and the Chief of Staff Hon. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare for their support in achieving this important feat.

He posited that the hospital beefed up its equipment base by spending more than One million, Four Hundred Ghana Cedis from its IGF to procure various equipment to help improve quality of services at the hospital.

He also stated that, the Management of the hospital has been able to establish a 24-Hour Pharmacy at the A&E Center and has significantly improved drug availability for around the clock service delivery. The hospital is constructing a permanent block for the 24 hour Pharmacy and the project has reached advanced stage and expected to be completed before the end of the year. This Pharmacy will be one of the world class pharmaceutical and general health care sales services to patients and the public.

He also announced that another significant project which has reached advanced stage is the hospital’s Oncology Expansion (National Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine) Project. He explained that, the LINAC which is the key ultra-modern machine is virtually complete and currently undergoing clinical test-run and collection of beam data.

Some Members of Staff at the workshop

He further stated that the Management of KATH has completed an installation of 25 finger Biometric Attendance Registration devices. The system, apart from helping to electronically register the presence of members of staff, will enhance administration of salaries, promotions and other human resource functions and also help to ensure discipline among staff.

He remarked that one achievement of the hospital is the constructions of a 47-flat Housemen’s block currently on-going at the Staff Quarters at Bantama which will help reduce the amount spend on renting accommodation for KATH’s house officers, and has reached 70% of completion.

He also identified the slow speed of network and the lack of operational hardware as one of the major challenges the hospital is facing but pointed out that it will be resolved in the next couple of weeks.

Some Members of Staff at the workshop

In terms of service output, he said the period witnessed some shortfalls in the set targets of the hospital including primary and specialist OPD cases, deliveries, physiotherapy services and blood screened recorded.

However, there were significant gains in Emergency admissions, surgical cases, Diagnostic investigations and Oncology services.

He therefore charged directorates/Units that could not meet their targets to double their efforts and review their strategies towards achieving their annual projections.

M.C for the Occasion , Mr. Saint Ernest Ekow Abban in a pose with an invited guest.

In his concluding remarks, he appealed to the public and corporate institutions to support the KATH Endowment Fund to raise the needed resources for the procurement of critically need equipment and other facilities for quality patient care.