KATH abandoned block: Regional minister vows to complete project as more companies show interest

AN Israeli company, Mitrelli Group of Companies, have indicated its strong interest in completing the 44-year old abandoned maternity and Children’s block projects at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

As a sign of showing its interest in winning the contract for the project, the company, led by its representatives last Monday, together with the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, and management of the facility, toured the project site with the sole aim to appreciate the extent of work to be done.

Led by Gur Katz, the Mitrelli group from Israel are in the country to find the possibility of landing the legal contract to start the project.

When given the contract, the company, according to Mr Katz, intend to fully complete the project, stuff it with standard hospital equipment and give the necessary training to handlers of the facility.

And before they return to Israel, the company through their stay, will be meeting with key players on the project to find ways to settle on modalities getting the job at the teaching hospital.

Mr. Katz said: “we are ready to start work on this project to ease the age-long problems at the hospital. Even if this contract is given to us today, our company is ready to do a great job and it is a promise.”

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, on his part said he was committed to the completion of the abandoned KATH project which begun some forty-four years ago by the Acheampong regime.

According to him, since assuming office, about five agencies have contacted wanting to contribute to the project to ensure its completion in order to serve the region and the entire country.

Mr Osei-Mensah observed that at the moment, the situation at KATH was not the best because of lack of space to accommodate patients.

Patients and nursing mothers, he said, are left with the option of sleeping on the floors and on the corridors of the hospital, a situation unbefitting of Ghana.

He said: “I have resolved that by the time I leave office as the regional minister, that project would be completed. Since I assumed office, several agencies, about five of them, have knocked on my door wanting to assist in ensuring that the project is completed to serve and benefit the region and the entire country.

“I have visited the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and currently what is going on at the maternity ward is not the best due to inadequate space.”