A 600,000 dollars project which seeks to turn the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Hospital into an (ICU) has been launched at a special ceremony in Kumasi.
The project which is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Kumasi East with support from the management of the KNUST hospital is aimed at decongesting the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital ICU and will be equipped with eight beds with the right equipment and is expected to be completed in June 2022.
Speaking at a Fundraising and a Presidential Ball in Kumasi on Saturday, President of the Club, Nana Kofi Ayesu-Boahene, said the centre upon completion would be the second of its kind in the region after KATH.
He explained that ICU’s were critical in delivering top-class health services to the people, that is why the Club was keen on assisting the management of the KNUST Hospital to set up the centre.
Nana Ayesu-Boahene said the Club would be undertaking a series of life-relieving projects in the next few months across the country.
He mentioned some of the projects as the establishment of an ICT centre at Atasemanso, equipping dormitories of the Ashanti School for the Deaf, cervical cancer screening, Hepatitis B screening, and installation of X-ray equipment at Holy family Hospital at Nkawkaw among others.
He said the Club would remain resolute in solving problems in some deprived communities in the region and beyond in the areas of health, education, sanitation, and provision of potable drinking water.
The Head of Clinical Care, KNUST Hospital, Dr. Ababio Hanson, said following the number of critical cases recorded at the Hospital, the siting of an ICU centre was essential in providing a response to these crises.
He explained that the Hospital now had a very huge population to cater for with the growing population at the University and adjoining communities.
“An ICU setting for the Hospital is so essential,” he noted, adding that, they could not always rely on KATH for referrals since the latter had only six ICU beds.
Dr. Hanson called on institutions and philanthropists to donate massively towards the establishment of the centre.
Again, he called on other institutions and philanthropists to emulate a good example of the Rotary Club of Kumasi East who have decided to complement government efforts at providing certain critical needs of people in society especially those in deprived communities.