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Forty-Five (45)-Year-Old KATH Maternity and Children’s Block Demolition - Engineer Advises Authorities

Forty-Five (45)-Year-Old KATH Maternity and Children’s Block Demolition - Engineer Advises Authorities

The construction of Forty-five (45) year old Maternity and Children’s Block of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital begun in 1976, as part of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Expansion Project, but came to a standstill in 1979. It was reactivated in 1999, under the administration of the first President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings, but again stalled shortly afterwards.

In 2004, the administration of the 2nd President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, took it up, but soon after his departure from office in January 2009, work on the project was discontinued again, until the assumption of office of another NPP administration, the Akufo-Addo led-Government in 2017.

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, cut the sod for the reactivation of work for the construction. The project which is being funded by German Bank – Deutsche Bank, will cost €155 million, and is expected to be completed within 36 months with the construction being undertaken by Contracta. 

Once completed, the Maternity and Children’s Block will be a state-of-the-art health edifice with paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetrics units.

It will serve as a referral centre for twelve (12) of the sixteen (16) regions of Ghana. It will be a seven hundred and fifty (750)-bed building, with outpatient areas for adults and children. The centre would also have ten (10) operating theatres and diagnostic rooms, fully equipped with X-Ray, ultrasound, and mammography facilities.

However, there a new twist to the construction of the Maternity and Children’s Block has arisen. According to Ashanti Regional Minister-designate, Hon Simon Osei Mensah, the contractor in charge after assessing the building came to the conclusion that, the building was not fit for the purpose; hence the need for it to be demolished.

“We all know the building has been abandoned for 45 years and it has become weak for its purpose as a Maternity block. Though the building was awarded to a contractor when President Akufo-Addo cut sod for its reactivation, per the contractor’s advice after the project assessment, it has to be demolished”, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah revealed.

Structural Engineer, Mr. Richard Nsiah, commenting on the demolition said it was not the last resort.

“If you are to rework on such abandoned project, there should be diligent assessment before the work resumes. Identify every problem and the current status of the building. This will enable you to know whether you should pay attention to a particularly section [of the building] and know the materials to use for construction, rather than demolishing the entire structure”. Mr. Nsiah advised

However, Hon Simon Osei Mensah maintained that Government would build a new maternity block after demolishing the old structure to serve the same purpose within a short time.

 

 

Source: Kwabena Frimpong Manso (Journalist, Real Estate Times Africa)

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