SPEECH DELIVERED BY HON. AKOSUA FREMA OSEI-OPARE,
CHIEF OF STAFF, AT THE INAUGURATION OF TWO
ULTRA-MODERN OXYGEN PLANTS AT THE KOMFO ANOKYE
TEACHING HOSPITAL (KATH) HELD IN KUMASI ON
TUESDAY 25TH JUNE_2019
NANA CHAIRMAN WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF KATH BOARD,
HON. MINISTERS OF STATE,
MEMBERS OF THE KATH BOARD,
THE C.E.O. OF KATH,
THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SERVICES,
HEADS OF DIRECTORATES AND UNITS AT KATH,
DISTINGUISHED INVITED GUESTS,
MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA,
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
It is a great joy to be here today to witness the special occasion of the formal inauguration of the two newly installed oxygen Plants at this Hospital. I am most grateful to the Board, Management and Staff of this Hospital for their invitation to be the Special Guest of Honour for such a historic occasion. It is indeed an honour to be associated with a project with a tremendous capacity to save the lives of our dear citizens.
As has mostly been our history, anytime we have gathered as a People to witness the inauguration of a project of this magnitude, it had always been either through central government funding or
Support from donors. Today, through prudent and innovative leadership of the Board and Management of this hospital, it can boast of two (2) ultra-modern plants worth Five Million, Four Hundred Thousand Cedis (Ghc5.4m). This project affords the hospital the opportunity to now meet all of its oxygen needs of about 95 per cent purity from in-house production and even capable of bottling and selling medical oxygen to other health facilities in the country.
This cost is expected to be re-paid over a period of three years from the Internally Generated Funds (IGF) of the Hospital under the pre- financing module used in procuring the plants. The expenditure as I have been informed, exclude the cost of laying new medical oxygen pipes at the Hospital and the installation of new upgraded power sources for the Plants by the Power Distribution Services (PDS) Ghana Limited at the cost of Ghc132,000.00 and Ghc367,000.00 respectively.
I remember vividly when in 2017, the Hon. Minister for Health, upon a request from the KATH Board, wrote to my office to seek clearance for the Hospital to arrange for a private funding to procure two oxygen Plants. This was as a result of the near-breakdown of the then 20-year old plants of the Hospital which had become obsolete and was hardly able to produce any oxygen for critical patient care. Given the importance of such a vital facility to the Hospital’s core mandate of saving lives through the highest specialist care, the government had no hesitation in granting the request in October, 2017. The financial burden the Hospital was being subjected to as a result of having to source the product from private providers could simply not be allowed to continue further.
KATH as the only tertiary referral facility in the central part of Ghana has single-handedly shouldered the enormous burden of meeting the specialist health care needs of Ghanaians and neighbouring countries like Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo for over 60 years. There is no doubt that its facilities are under enormous pressure. I am therefore, delighted that one of the facilities essential in helping the Hospital to carry this burden of providing critical care to patients is being inaugurated today.
Nana Chairman, while commending the Board and Management of the Hospital for its judicious use of Internally Generated Fund, I wish to use this opportunity to urge other health agencies and units to think outside the box in our drive to improve the quality of healthcare services and help make Government’s agenda of making Ghana a health tourism hub in West Africa, a reality. There is so much that state institutions could do on their own by shedding the inertia and being proactive, adaptive and progressive oriented.
Nana Chairman, Hon. Ministers of State, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, before I bring my address to a close, permit me to once again commend the Board and Management of KATH, for the bold decision to embark on this oxygen Plant project which is arguably the single largest of its kind to be undertaken by any public hospital in the country. The government would continue to support such progressive-minded state institutions to enable them improve the quality of service delivery to the public. It is my fervent hope that corporate Ghana and other philanthropists especially those from this part of the country who are major beneficiaries of the services of KATH will complement government efforts at improving facilities here. I will particularly urge the members of the public to support this Hospital to further improve its care by generously donating their widows’ mite to its recently established Endowment Fund. This will help to further improve services rendered to the public. On this note, I thank you for your kind invitation to be part of this special occasion.
May the good Lord bless you all.
Thank you for your attention.