Dr Joseph Akpaloo shaking hands with a section of the KATH staff.
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi has made staff discipline a major priority for 2015.
The largest facility is also targeting at replacing its old facilities such as the ageing elevator at the old GEE block and oxygen plant this year.
‘Among management’s priorities for the year 2015, will be initiating measures to further improve staff discipline and attitude to work and getting state support for the continuation of works on our 38 year old maternity and children’s block project,’ KATH CEO, Dr Joseph Akpaloo said.
Dr Akpaloo, who made the disclosure, added that ‘replacement of the 20 year old obsolete lifts at the old GEE blocks and aged oxygen plant with state support will also be key priorities of the hospital.’
He was speaking at KATH’s annual thanksgiving service where the hospital’s staff prayed fervently for the country, KATH and citizens of Ghana for sound health this year.
The CEO said the hospital needs to review its mode of operations with the view of reducing waste and devising more efficient ways of delivering services in order to generate the needed funds to cover KATH’s operational expenses.
He said the hospital could achieve a lot of progress if its staff remained disciplined and customer centred and doing simple things like turning off taps, air conditioners and the lights when not needed.
Dr Akpaloo expressed concern over the dilapidated infrastructure of KATH and congestion at the facility, stressing that the congestion at the hospital is due to lack of support for peripheral health facilities in the region.
The CEO said, ‘It is only hard work, smart management practices, unity of purpose and personal sacrifices by all staff members that would help the hospital to effectively confront challenges ahead and deliver to the expectations of its clients in the years ahead.
Dr Akpaloo threw an open invitation to people in the region and Ghana at large to support management’s effort at improving or replacing the ageing facilities at the hospital.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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