KATH builds modern waste disposal facility

By
Kwabia Owusu-Mensah GNA

Kumasi, Aug 19, GNA
– Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), the nation’s second largest referral
facility, is building a modern medical waste treatment plant at the cost of
325,000 Euros.

The plant is nearing
completion and involves installation of high temperature smokeless incinerator
alongside the provision of 150 pieces of 240-litre bins and personal protective
equipment.

It is being funded
jointly by the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia and Gesellschaft fur
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), both in Germany.

Dr. Joseph Akpaloo,
the Chief Executive of the Hospital, said it would promote safer disposal of
infectious, chemical and pharmaceutical wastes generated at the facility and
other healthcare institutions across the Ashanti Region.

He announced this at
the mid-year performance review meeting of the hospital in Kumasi.

He said the project,
which was coming with technical support, would enhance the hospital’s capacity
to safely handle medical waste – segregation, storage, transportation and final
disposal.

Dr. Akpaloo also
hinted of the installation of eight brand new elevators at the old “Gee” blocks
to bring relief to patients.

He complained about
the unhealthy state of the hospital’s oxygen plant and said it had become
obsolete and too expensive to maintain.

The result was that
it was making it impossible to meet the full oxygen needs of facility and
therefore undermining its ability to optimize emergency care to save lives.

Dr. Akpaloo appealed
to the government to move quickly to replace the plant as had been done for
other health institutions.

He encouraged the
staff to continue to up their game to raise the quality of healthcare services
to patients.

GNA

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