Projects to be Executed under the Trust Fund
The hospital has generated a list of essential needs referred to as priority projects. Support is being solicited from philanthropic organisations and individuals to adopt and execute them under the aegis of the Trust Fund. Ways have been devised to sufficiently recognize and honour donors by naming some of these projects after them as well as other public recognition schemes. The priority projects identified by the hospital are:
Children's Emergency Block: This is a three-storey ultra-modern facility which will attend to all childrenâ€™s emergencies. The facility will have the capacity to support subspecialty services, particularly those that are currently unavailable such as paediatric intensive care unit and other wards. This is to ensure that sick children get the best care, with the required facilities and equipment. The estimated cost of the project is GHÂ¢25million. When completed, the Emergency blockâ€™s capacity of 15 beds, will increase by 30 percent.
Gynaecological Care Complex: Currently the Gynaecology Emergency, where our female patients are seen, is a structure cladded with roofing sheets. This is inappropriate for the dignity of our mothers, wives and sisters. Drawings for a modern Gynaecology Emergency has been done. The estimated cost of this is GHÂ¢20million and will create a decent and congenial atmosphere for the care of numerous females who throng Korle Bu for gynaecological care.
Water Reservoir: The hospital receives water mainly from the Weija Headworks for its clinical and non-clinical activities. Our current reservoir stores up to 250,000 gallons of water. This reservoir can serve the Hospital for just four hours!Â This is what happens when there is no supply from Weija. This is, however, inadequate for a teaching facility such as Korle Bu.
The hospital Management hopes to raise GHÂ¢2million to build a 7million litre water reservoir to ensure uninterrupted clinical work for a week when water supply is cut from Weija.
Sewerage Project: Korle Buâ€™s sewer lines are over 90 years old and, thus, very weak. The sewer lines, which were first installed with asbestos, are all worn out and the hospital is unable to adequately treat its liquid waste before disposal.
The project is to install pressure lines throughout the clinical areas. This work, which is estimated to cost US$30million, will enable the treatment of liquid waste before being discharged. The health benefits of rehabilitating these lines are obvious as effluents will be treated before discharge.
Surgical Out Patient Department [OPD] & Endoscopy Suite: The current OPD is small and always over-crowded during clinic days. The Endoscopy Unit is also housed in an inappropriate and obscure structure which is far removed from the Surgical Block. The hospital intends to construct an OPD, which will have the Endoscopy Unit located within. This project is estimated to cost US$20million. Â
Central Sterile Supplies Department [CSSD] Retooling: The CSSD sterilises all the surgical equipment and linen used in the hospital. The Department needs a minimum of four (4) autoclaves to adequately cater for Korle Buâ€™s sterilisation needs. Currently, only one autoclave is working. As a result of this, sterilisation orders are queued based on the urgency of the department. This causes delays in our theatre work. The hospital needs US$500,000 to install autoclaves and other equipment to enable the Department work effectively.