Some staff members of KATH at the meeting. INSET: Offeh Gyimah
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi has began an intensive training for its staff about how to handle and offer medical treatment to potential Ebola virus infected persons.
Aside the training, management of KATH had also received quantities of protective clothes and other equipment which would help protect the hospital’s staff from being infected with the virus, should it hit Ghana.
The acting KATH Chief Executive Officer (CEO), I. Offeh Gyimah, who made the announcement, noted that KATH’s recovery ward of the polyclinic has been designated as a temporary isolation bay where reported cases of Ebola would be treated.
At the occasion of the hospital’s midyear performance review to take stock of the activities of KATH during the first half of the year and also plan to take the hospital to newer heights in the remaining months of the year, he entreated the KATH staffers to observe all the infection prevention and control protocols at the hospital to save them and other patients from the scourge in the event that it breaks out in the country.
Mr Gyimah said the hospital also has the welfare and the protection of the public at heart, announcing that flyers about the Ebola virus had been developed to educate the masses about the disease.
The management, he said, had also put in place an epidemic preparedness committee to be set up under the chairmanship of the medical director to oversee the hospital’s preparedness for the management of all infections including Ebola.
The CEO announced that the best staff award of the hospital which was suspended due to cash flow constraints, had been reversed, noting that it would be held on September 22.
Mr Gyimah stated that 125 long-serving staff and 17 winners would be honoured by the hospital, remarking that the move is geared towards motivating KATH’s staff to work harder.
He showered praises on the hospital’s staff and the various professional groups for their vital contributions and assistances which have brought the hospital to its current state.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr.,Kumasi
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