ALEXANDER K. ABBAN, THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF HEALTH ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL INAUGURATION OF TWO ULTRA-MODERN OXYGEN PLANTS HELD AT THE HOSPITAL IN KUMASI ON TUESDAY, 25TH JUNE, 2019
It was a watershed moment for joy bubbling in the faces of the Board, Management and each Health worker in the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital over a long quest and justifiable expectant wait for a dependable, quick and affordable supply of oxygen has now been realized.
In a speech read by the Deputy Minister of Health, Hon. Alexander K. K. Abban on behalf of the Minister, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu revealed the inauguration of two new ultra-modern oxygen plants at the hospital to improve healthcare delivery and save the lives of citizens in the country on the 25th of June 2019.
He stated that, “one of the first appeals that the Minister received from the Management of this Hospital soon after he assumed office was the need for a new Oxygen Plants”. The Ministry under the previous government had indeed imported an Oxygen Plant for the benefit of the Hospital following earlier repeated requests. However, the plant which was temporarily being kept at the Central Medical Stores for onward transportation to Kumasi was unfortunately burnt in the inferno that engulfed the Central Medical Stores and gutted all its contents. Since then all efforts to get new funding for another oxygen plant for the Hospital proved unsuccessful due to budgetary constraints”.
He reiterated that, the Ministry received the request from the Board and Management of the Hospital for permission to resort to a pre-financing module to procure new plants as the then existing ones had outlived their lifespan and had become obsolete and not efficiently fit for the purpose. This was graciously followed by the approval from the Chief of Staff for the Hospital to go ahead with the proposal. He however commended the Board and Management of the hospital for their boldness and innovative approach to securing funds for the procurement of this all-important medical resource.
He added that, it is not a common feat for any public institution, to, on the strength of its own financial muscle, acquire such as a multi-million Ghana cedi assets. “For a public Hospital like KATH to successfully procure such state-of-the-art plants valued at Five Million, Four Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (Ghc5.4m) without any external help or guarantee.
Hon.Alexander K. K. Abban revealed that, the Ministry is aggressively pursuing the computerization of all Hospitals in the country through the deployment of the Lightwave Health Information Management System (LHIMS) project. The system which has been piloted at health facilities in the Central Region, including the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, is now being deployed at KATH with the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital soon to come on board.
He said, “When the LHIMS is fully rolled-out, not only would the capture, storage, analysis, retrieval and transfer of patient information improve; it would also serve as the platform for the tracking of the performance of staff and the monitoring of revenues and expenditures of health facilities in the country. With such improvements, it is expected that health facilities should be able to fund expansion of existing medical infrastructure and even the construction of new projects on their own just as KATH has done today”.
He concluded by congratulating the Board and Management for the bold and innovative manner they have been able to resolve one of the key challenges of the Hospital.