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KATH Begs For Oxygen Plant

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Information reaching the media indicates that the perennial oxygen plant problem, that had bedeviled the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi for decades, has not subsided.

And as a result of the absence of an oxygen plant, management is forced to use a chunk of the hospital’s inadequate resources to buy oxygen from outside to treat patients; a development that is obviously having adverse effects on the funds of KATH.

Interestingly, even though it is on record that virtually all the past Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of KATH have made passionate appeals to government for help, their cries have been ignored, so far.

It is therefore not surprising that the newly-appointed CEO, Dr. Oheneba Danso, has also added his voice to the long-standing calls for KATH to have its own oxygen plant to save cost.

According to him, the current procedure whereby KATH uses colossal amount of money to buy oxygen from outside the hospital is not the best.

He lamented that funds that, ideally, could have been used to develop other critical areas in the hospital, are being spent to purchase oxygen.

“It is about time that KATH has its own oxygen plant to attend to the needs of patients. It is very expensive to buy oxygen on a daily basis from outside sources but we have no other choice, so I am appealing to authorities to help us with an oxygen plant”.

The KATH Boss made that appeal at a press soiree organized by the hospital. He also thanked the media for their support to the hospital during the past year, adding that he is counting on them to replicate their shining example in 2018.

By: Kwadwo Essel/ thePublisher

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