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Top Engineer questions the demolition of KATH Maternity block as last resort

Demolishing of the forty-five (45) year old Maternity and Children block at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) by authorities after structural integrity cannot be the only solution.

“Though I don’t know what went into it, but the demolition is not the last resort”, Structural Engineer, based in Kumasi, Mr. Richard Nsiah stated in an interview monitored by MyNewsGh.com.

The government has begun demolishing the abandoned 45-year-old maternity block which was being funded by German Bank, Deutsche Bank, at the cost of €155 million after contractors say the building is weak for its purpose as Maternity block.

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, 15th May, 2020, cut sod for the reactivation of work for the completion of the project covered by Mynewsgh.com then.

“Every problem started here. If you are to rework on such abandoned project, there should be diligent assessment before the work resumes. Identify every problem and the current status of the building”, the building expert told host, Aduanaba kofi Asante Ennin.

“This will enable you to know that we should pay attention to a particularly section [of the building] and know the materials to use for construction”, Engineer Richard Nsiah added.

According to Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon Simon Osei Mensah, “the contractor after assessing the building came to the conclusion that the building is not fit for the purpose, hence it has to be demolished”.

“Kojo, we all know the building has been abandoned for 45 years and it has become weak for its purpose as Maternity block. Though the building was awarded to a contractor when President Akufo-Addo cut sod for its reactivation but per the contractor’s advice after the project assessment, it has to be demolished” Hon Simon Osei Mensah revealed.

Hon Simon Osei Mensah disclosed that “government will build a new maternity block after demolishing the old structure”.

 

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