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Health News Thu, 29 Oct 2015

KATH turns to solar power as dumsor bites

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi has installed solar power systems to wean itself from hydro supply.

The first phase of the project, which is near completion at the Eye Centre, is being undertaken jointly by a US-based non-governmental organisation, Himalayan Cataract Project, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Chief Executive Officer of KATH, Dr Joseph Akpaloo, made this known at a media briefing to assess his performance after one year in office.

The provision of the solar system, he said, was one of a number of projects being undertaken. Others include the re-tooling of the hospital’s Dialysis Centre with the supply and installation of five dialysis machines in conjuction with D. Med Healthcare of Germany.

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Dr. Akpaloo outlined a number of completed projects as well as on-going and up-coming ones, all aimed at making the hospital the most preferred referral centre in the country.

Challenges He said the hospital’s main challenge was the completion of a 40-year-old Maternity and Children’s Block, which had been stalled due to lack of funds.

The hospital authorities, he said, had mandated a different construction firm to reassess the project and present a ‘reasonable budget’ for it to take off.

He further stated that the hospital was still struggling to replace over-aged, over-used and obsolete equipment.

Source: Daily Graphic