Management of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital together with the ministry of health has engaged stakeholders on the reconstruction of the over 45 year old maternity and children block of the hospital.
Work has already been started on the construction of a five-storey structure to replace the long-stalled Maternal and Children’s block at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.
Excavation of the project site is underway as the contractors get ready to demolish the exiting structure.
Briefing a section of the Journalists in Kumasi, the ministry of health revealed, the engagement was to help address concerns that emerged during the break of news of the demolition of the building.
The construction of the maternity and children block started in 1976 and later abandoned due to funding.
In 1999,works on the project resumed and was never completed
It was reactivated, redesigned and expanded during the kuffour and mills administration
A loan of 138.5million euros was secured to complete and equip the project but after feasibility studies, it was realized that there needed to be demolished due to weak structures and foundations peeling off since it was left at the mercy of the weather.
The bed capacity will, however, be reduced by 250 after completion.
Head of Architecture at the Ministry of Health, Richard Vandapuije briefed journalists on the scope of the proposed new structure.
“Within three years the contractor promises to finish this structure including demolishing of the existing one. Discussions will be held with KATH to finalise the detailed internal layout”, he said.
The chief executive officer of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Dr Oheneba Danso in his speech confirmed the hospital’s support for the new move, adding, the new development should not affect the duration of the project or its completion.