The Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Prof. Otchere Addai-Mensah, has implored the contractor executing the patients’ relatives hostel project at the hospital under a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) arrangement to expedite work on it.
While commending the contractor highly for his multi-million Ghana cedi investment in the project, he urged him to do everything possible to complete it in the shortest possible time to help provide critically needed relief to visitors and patient’s relatives.
“The urgent need for a safe, comfortable and affordable accommodation has for far too long eluded patient’s relatives who travel from 13 out of the 16 regions in Ghana to visit their relatives at the hospital and it was time the issue was addressed with the expeditious completion of this project,” he stressed.
Prof. Addai-Mensah stated this in an interaction with the contractor during a joint inspection visit to the project site at the hospital.
He said the current situation where such visitors sleep around the hospital was not the best as it could compromise their health and safety and undermine the security and sanitation situation at the hospital.
The contractor, Kwadwo Kumah, who is also Managing Director of God Mercy Construction Limited, gave the assurance that he was determined to complete the project soonest so that the hospital can start using it for its intended purpose.
He said he was well on the way to completing it last year when the tiles he was importing for the project unfortunately hit a snag.
“I have managed to make alternative arrangements for the tiles and as soon as that materializes, the project would be completed in a maximum of two months as I have all the beds, doors, electrical fittings and other items ready to complete the project and make it fully functional,” he assured.
The 194-bed capacity three-storey facility had reached over 80 per cent completion rate and it boasts of other disability friendly facilities like a restaurant and a banking hall.
By Benjamin Aidoo|3news.com|Ghana