The National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre (NRPSBC) at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) has received GH¢1 million from the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) for the refurbishment of its facilities.
The amount will, among other things, be used to improve Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure, enhance sanitation facilities and also procure essential equipment to enhance health care delivery. The work, which also includes electrical wiring, replacement of ceilings and installation of air conditioners, is expected to be completed in three months.
When completed, the centre will become the leading ultra-modern hub of the treatment of burns and reconstructive plastic surgery in West Africa.
At the wall breaking ceremony to kick-off refurbishment works at the centre, the CEO of KBTH, Dr Gilbert Buckle, called for partnership between public institutions as a prudent means to boost their infrastructure. “It is about time public institutions began to think about partnerships because that is the best means by which state institutions which generate more revenue can support others which provide social services,” he said.
He said it was important for public institutions to adhere to best practices and the culture of maintenance, so as to ensure quality in their operations.
The Director of the NRPSBC, Dr Opoku Ware Amponsah, said even though the centre had the right calibre of human resource to dispense health care to the public, the lack of modern equipment and the right infrastructure was a major setback.
“We look forward to a future where patients who come to this centre will be treated in comfort and in the best of conditions,” he added.
He urged the public to take safety precautions at home and at workplaces to reduce the number of burns cases.
For his part, the CEO of NPA, Mr Moses Asaga, said the Burns Centre occupied a central point in the scheme of things of the NPA, since most burns cases at the centre resulted from petroleum products. He said the NPA would, therefore, continue to give the necessary support to the centre to ensure that the facilities met the required standard.
Mr Asaga urged the Management of the Centre to continue to explore innovative ways to raise funds to support their operations.