The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has launched an initiative to raise $10 million (ten million dollars) for the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi for a comprehensive facelift of the faculty to a befitting status.
This forms part of the legacy projects the Asantehene will be executing as part of the silver jubilee anniversary of his enstoolment.
The Asantehene will mark his 25th anniversary on the Golden Stool in 2024.
During the launch of the fund-raising campaign at the KATH in Kumasi last Friday, the Asantehene said in spite of the numerous interventions by successive governments to maintain the nearly seven-decade-old facility, the time had come for individuals and corporate bodies to come on board since no single government could shoulder it alone.
According to the Asantehene, who spoke briefly in Twi, he recently took a private visit to the hospital, and was taken aback by the rate at which the hospital, established in 1955, was fast deteriorating. He said the hospital is simply unfit for the provision of contemporary specialist inpatient care services.
Otumfuo entreat everyone to contribute his or her widow’s mite towards this comprehensive renovation of KATH’s old blocks. He added that it was not the time for long speeches, but rather the time to act and salvage the referral hospital.
Present at the colourful event included some politicians, traditional leaders, the clergy, business men and women, health practitioners and some movie actors who pledged their support towards the realisation of the project.
They included the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, Sam Pyne, and the Board Chairman of KATH, Nana Effah Apenteng, .