The Chief Executive Officer of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Otchere Addai-Mensah, has hinted at plans by the management of the facility to renovate and expand its psychiatric unit.
The project, he said, forms part of KATH’s transformational agenda that will transform the 11-bed capacity psychiatric unit to a 45-bed capacity, including five electroconvulsive rooms.
Speaking at the end-of-year performance review conference for 2022, Prof. Addai-Mensah, disclosed that his office had secured GHC2.5 million in funding from the Ghana Gas Company for the project.
He added that contractors were expected on site to begin work soon. “I hope that the project is completed within the stipulated time to ensure the provision of first-class psychiatric services at KATH. Additionally, we are working to improve upon our services at various departments of this facility,” he said.
The KATH CEO further pledged the commitment of management to making the health facility a unique and preferred choice of all: satisfying customers with standardized human-centered services.
He stressed that patients can no longer be taken for granted in their quest for quality healthcare and, “we at KATH are therefore determined to meet the customers taste for quality and humane care at every time of their visits”.
According to Prof. Addai-Mensah, a series of measures have been drawn up to achieve the target of making KATH a patient-focused facility.
As part of this, the CEO noted, the hospital is focusing on mainstreaming customer care training and practices in all staffing training and orientations.
In this regard, he disclosed, introduction of a directors’ weekend and holiday duty roster would be put in place to help maintain the presence and supervision of management during those periods.
“There will also be unannounced visits by directors during working hours to help maintain management’s physical presence at various operational areas,” he said.
Prof. Addai-Mensah also mentioned the use of about GHC1,670,255 from the Internally Generated Funds (IGF) for the maintenance of both official and residential bungalows of the hospital in the period under review.