Abandoned maternity and children’s unit at KATH to be demolished
Government has authorised the demolition of the old uncompleted maternity and children’s block at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
The demolition of the building was approved after it was reported to have a weakly foundation due to its abandonment over the long period of time. The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah confirmed that the decision to pull down the facility is based on the final report by the construction firm in charge, “Contracta”, after its assessment of the whole structure.
The need for the expansion of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) saw the establishment of the project in 1976 until it came to a halt in 1979. The block unit has been in existence for 44 years since the era of Ignatius Kutu Acheampong. The building has stood all the adverse weather conditions amidst the succession of different governments. Literally, the building project had been abandoned until 2020 when the President Nana Akufo Addo cut the sod for its reestablishment.
The 750 bed maternity and children’s unit will be funded by the Deutsche Bank in Germany at a cost of 155 million euros. It is expected to be a state of the art health facility with paediatrics, gynaecology, obstetric units, outpatient areas for children and adults with 10 operating theatres and diagnostic rooms fully equipped with X-ray, ultrasound and mammography facilities. The facility will also contain an intensive unit, a high dependency unit, isolation rooms and student lecture halls with the capacity of providing catering services for staff, patients and students upon completion.
The mother and baby unit at KATH built and commissioned under the auspices of the first lady Rebecca Akufo Addo is a new structure altogether (from the old abandoned unit) put in place after multimedia’s “Next to Die” documentary in 2017 featured the unfavourable conditions of the maternity ward at KATH leading to high maternal and child death rate.