PROFESSOR OTCHERE Addai-Mensah, Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) on Wednesday, paid a courtesy call on Sam Pyne, Mayor of Kumasi.
The two dignitaries, among other things, discussed what KATH can do to become the leading hospital in Africa, which is the vision of the new CEO.
Significantly, the visit also enabled Prof. Addai-Mensah to formally introduce himself following his assumption of duty as the head of the top health facility.
In his remarks, Prof. Addai-Mensah said KATH occupies a unique position in the healthcare delivery system of the country despite being saddled with the burden of catering for the tertiary healthcare referral needs of about 13 regions in Ghana.
He said with such an arduous responsibility, the hospital will require the support and assistance of all stakeholders to enable it effectively meet the expectations of the public.
Prof Addai-Mensah noted that, unlike the Greater Accra Region which can boast of several specialist and referral facilities.
He stated that Accra apart from Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital also has the Police Hospital, the 37 Military Hospital and University of Ghana Medical Center among others.
Same, he indicated cannot be said of the Ashanti region.
“KATH is the sole tertiary facility serving virtually the same population as Greater Accra and would therefore require the maximum assistance of all stakeholders including the KMA in order to enhance its capacity to meet the growing specialist healthcare needs of the 13 regions out of the 16regions in the country”, the CEO appealed.
K’si Mayor’s Response:
Hon. Sam Pyne while welcoming Professor Addai-Mensah expressed confidence in the ability of the new CEO to turn around the fortunes of the hospital.
He said KATH was a highly sensitive institution, but he was hopeful that given the caliber of Prof. Addai-Mensah, the hospital will witness a turnaround during his tenure of office.
The Mayor pledged the readiness of KMA to support the management of the hospital in its drive to improve the operations of the hospital.
Accompanying Prof.Addai-Mensah on the visit were some members of his management team.
By Michael Ofosu-Afriyie