Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital

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Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital
Ministry of Health
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital logo.jpg
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana.jpg
Location Kumasi, Kumasi Metropolis, Ashanti Region, Ghana
Care system Ghana Health Service / NHIS Accredited
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology School of Medical Sciences
Emergency department Yes
Beds 1000[1]
Founded 1954
Website KATH

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana, is the second-largest hospital in Ghana,[2] and the only tertiary health institution in the Ashanti Region.

It was the main referral hospital for the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and northern regions of Ghana until then Tamale Regional Hospital was upgraded to Teaching hospital hence handling referrals from Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions thereby easing some pressure on it.[3][4]

The hospital was built in 1954,[2] as the Kumasi Central Hospital. It was later named Komfo Anokye Hospital after Okomfo Anokye, a legendary fetish priest of the Ashanti.[1] It was converted into a teaching hospital in 1975 affiliated to the medical school of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.[5] The hospital is also accredited for postgraduate training by the West African College of Surgeons in surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, otorhinolaryingology, ophthalmology and radiology.[6] The hospital currently has about 1000 beds,[1] up from the initial 500 when first built.


The hospital has clinical and non-clinical directorates.

Physicians at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)
Exterior and Entrance of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)

Clinical directorates[edit]

  • Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Child Health
  • Dental, Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat (DEENT)
  • Diagnostics
  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Oncology
  • Polyclinic
  • Surgery
  • Accident and Emergency department
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy

Non-clinical directorates[edit]

  • Domestic Services
  • Security
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Technical Services

Missing baby scandal[edit]

On February 5, 2014 Suwaiba Abdul Mumin was admitted to the hospital for the birth of her baby. She was told that the baby was stillborn. When she asked to see the body, she was told it could not be found.[7] The bodies of four other children stillborn that day were also missing.[8]

The story was suspicious and made headlines with some suggesting an ongoing illegal baby selling business by midwives and hospital authorities. Seven people were charged but given bail on February 27, 2014. Suwaiba and her family still maintain that the baby is alive. Minister of Health Sherry Ayitey placed the doctor and midwife, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, on indefinite leave.[7] [8] [9] [10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital-About Us". Official Website. Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Govindaraj, Ramesh; A.A.D. Obuobi; N.K.A. Enyimayew; P. Antwi; S. Ofosu-Amaah (August 1996). "Hospital Autonomy in Ghana: The Experience of Korle Bu and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospitals" (PDF). Data for Decision Making Project. School of Public Health, University of Ghana and Harvard School of Public Health. Retrieved 12 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "Tamale Teaching Hospital leads in endoscopy services". Ghana News Agency. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Doctors, nurses and babies suffocate from excessive heat at Tamale Teaching Hospital". myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "College of Health Sciences:Faculty of Medicine". Official Website. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Archived from the original on 12 August 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2007. 
  6. ^ "List of Accredited Institutions for Training". Official Website. West African College of Surgeons. Archived from the original on 22 May 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2007. 
  7. ^ a b Yushaw, Ismail (19 February 2014). "The Truth concerning the stolen Baby at KATH". Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Ghana hospital given 14 days to find 'missing babies'". BBC News. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gma Must Stop The Blackmail - Felix Kwakye Ofosu". wn.com. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "KATH CEO asked to proceed on leave". Ghana News Agency. Tv3 News. March 26, 2014. Archived from the original on 26 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 

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