The progress of the current work on the reconstruction and modernization of the Maternity and Children’s block of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi has been praised by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
As part of his four-day working visit to the Ashanti region, the President visited the project on Monday, October 17, 2022, and was informed that the old structure had been completely demolished and that the project was currently 60 percent complete.
Recall that on Friday, May 15, 2020, the President cut the sod to restart construction on the teaching hospital’s Maternity and Children’s ward after more than 40 years of neglect.
Prior to this, on November 6, 2019, the Akufo-Addo administration, through the Ministry of Health, hired Contracta Construction UK Limited for the design, execution, and completion of works as well as the remedying of any defects, including the remodeling and completion of shell spaces for the existing building structure.
The Government then decided to change the scope of work in November 2020 to include a complete demolition of the old existing structure as well as a redesign, construction, and full equipping of the new and modern mother and child health facility in response to the Contractor’s structural integrity report for the existing building structure.
The revised contract also includes the provision of a 3-year maintenance program for medical equipment with training and technical assistance, procurement of medical and non – medical consumables, and the training of needed human resource training, technical assistance and mentorship programs.
The new design has 8 floors, 22 consulting rooms, 3 group consulting rooms, 2 consulting rooms for adult emergencies, 2 consulting rooms for Paediatric Emergencies, 3 Auditorium (45 seats, 43 seats and 145 seats), 5 seminar rooms (14 seats) and 506 Beds with the capacity to hold, 199 paediatric cots, 136 Paediatric beds, 19 birthing beds and 152 Adult beds.
The block will also have a pharmacy, dispensary, laboratory, seven general theaters, an obstetrics theater, and ancillary spaces.
When finished, it will have a high dependency unit, an intensive care unit, isolation rooms, student lecture halls, and the ability to cater to staff, patients, and students.
The Station Basic School classroom block at the UDDARA Barracks is now being rebuilt as a result of the increased works, and is expected to be finished in January 2023.