Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has expressed profound concern about the deteriorating state of the buildings at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. The lack of adequate infrastructure at this hospital, which serves over ten regions in Ghana, significantly impacts healthcare delivery, leading to the breakdown of essential equipment and compounding challenges faced by the tertiary health facility. These challenges encompass abandoned infrastructure projects, deteriorating buildings, leaking roofs, extensive cracks, and the hindrance of ventilation due to outdated construction technologies, particularly problematic for the 70-year-old facility.
The Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Otchere Addai Mensah, has urgently emphasized the need for attention, warning of potential catastrophic structural failure if prompt action is not taken. He stated, “The sad state of affairs is worsening daily, and we are approaching a critical juncture where the entire ‘GEE Blocks’ could face a catastrophic structural failure with severe consequences for healthcare services in the region and beyond. It’s crucial to note that our specialist OPD services alone are accessed by about a thousand patients from all over Ghana each day.”
Following an independent assessment of the hospital, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II underscored the urgency of addressing these challenges to preserve the facility’s integrity. Taking an ambitious step, he initiated the “Heal Komfo Anokye Hospital Project,” aiming to raise $10 million for the hospital’s renovation and critical needs. The Asantehene appeals to Members of Parliament, government appointees, corporate organizations, and the public to contribute and help achieve the targeted amount.
Recalling a recent visit from the new CEO of KATH seeking assistance, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II expressed awareness of the facility’s numerous challenges, having even visited incognito on two occasions. He reiterated the commitment to raising the necessary funds for a facelift, emphasizing the hospital’s vital role serving 12 out of 16 regions. Stressing the apolitical nature of the initiative, he highlighted the need to address challenges, ensuring the facility’s longevity beyond any government. Once the targeted amount is raised and the project is completed, it will become part of the legacy projects commemorating the 25th anniversary of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s enstoolment as the Asantehene next year.