PIX: Prof Otchere Addai-Mensah, KATH CEO seated between Dr Mrs Anna Konney and Dr I. Duah Mohammed, Head of ENT Directorate and Head of ENT Unit respectively
THE MANAGEMENT of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat (EENT) Directorate of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has applauded the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital, Prof. Otchere Addai-Mensah, for his noticeable contribution to the improvement of facilities of the directorate since his assumption of duty.
Dr. I. Duah Mohammed, head of the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Unit, who spoke on behalf of the directorate, said though the CEO has been in office for just a couple of months, the E.N.T block of the directorate had been given a major facelift which had remarkably improved its working environment.
This, he noted was in addition to his spirited drive to reactivate and get corporate sponsorship for the expansion project of the unit after the plan had been left on the drawing for years.
Dr. Duah stated this when Prof. Addai- Mensah joined members of the management team of the directorate to inspect the completion of works on the painting of the ENT building executed from material contributions made by Alex Nuamah Enterprise, a Kumasi-based paint company, following a personal appeal made by the CEO.
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The ENT building was in very bad state with cracks in some portions of its external concrete fence wall among other defects.
Dr. Duah said the ENT Unit expansion project, if executed, would make it one of its kind in the country and hoped that the efforts of the CEO to reactivate the project would be successful to help expand and modernise ENT services and training in the country.
Dr. Mrs. Anna Konney, head of the EENT Directorate, revealed that the unit had been appealing for a facelift for close to five years now and it was refreshing that Prof. Addai-Mensah, had managed to deliver that within the short time that he had been in office.
Responding, Prof. Addai-Mensah said he realised soon upon assumption of office in December last year that the hospital’s Internally Generated Funds (IGF) could not be relied upon to resolve the numerous infrastructural and operational challenges facing the hospital.
“I, therefore, decided to reach out to my circle of friends and other public-spirited individuals and organisations to see what they can also do to make this hospital a better facility for patients. It was out of these efforts that we got the needed painting materials for this block”, he explained.
The CEO said a number of companies and individuals have been approached to help give facilities at the hospital a facelift and a number of them have already responded positively.
He said the Doctors’ Flats for instance were being painted for the first time in 20 years thanks to the assistance from Nuece Paints Ghana Limited and other sponsors.
The CEO also noted that the Nurses’ Blocks close to the Doctors’ Flats would also be painted very soon under similar arrangements with other benefactors.
“KATH has served this country very well over the years given that, currently, it receives referrals from 12 out of the 16 regions in Ghana. We will, therefore, wish to appeal for continuous public support for KATH to help improve its facilities so that it can continue to offer quality clinical services to the large population it serves”, Prof. Addai-Mensah emphasised.
Story By Michael Ofosu-Afriyie,