Monday, June 23, 2008


By Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi

THE pressure on the mortuary at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) will now cease.
This followed the completion of an ultra-modern mortuary with the capacity to hold 208 bodies at a time.
The project forms part of the Government of Ghana’s financed Pathology Department building for the hospital.
Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health have inspected the project.
According to a source at the hospital, the mortuary receives an average of ten bodies a day.
This includes people who died at the hospital and others that are brought from outside the hospital.
So much pressure, therefore, comes to bear on the facility and at times the authorities have to organise mass burials of unknown bodies to give space for new arrivals.
Some of the bodies that are buried in mass graves are accident victims.
Mr Godfred Otchere, the vice chairman of the parliamentary committee, who led the inspection team, was happy about the new project.
He said KATH had grown to become a facility whose services are now used by people from neighbouring countries.
There is, therefore, the need to improve the facilities at the hospital to enable it continue to offer quality services to Ghanaians and other neighbouring countries.
Mr Otchere expressed the hope that the facility would be put to good use.
The Chief Executive of KATH, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, commended the government for financing the pathology department project.
He said the department was a very important part of the hospital and needed all the necessary support to enable it deliver.

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