GGBL inaugurates GHC180,000 Wash Facility for KATH
Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL)has inaugurated a GHC180,000 Water and Sanitation (WASH) facility for the Komfo-Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)
The water system and its adjunct infrastructure funded under the breweries’ Water of Life programme is the first phase of a two-part investment in KATH, the total of which is estimated to be the highest investment in a single community under the programme.
Both phases when completed will provide access to clean drinking water to the over 42,000 annual out-patients of the hospital. The first phase, made up of six 10,000 litre tanks fitted with pumps to serve the worst affected sections of the hospital – the Reproductive Health Ward and the Main Surgical Theater will improve health care delivery in the hospital.
The project also includes an expansion of the sanitation facility to include water closets and urinary cubicles for women. The second phase is expected to provide an underground storage facility connected to boreholes to store water for use by the hospital in times of unexpected crises.
Speaking at the occasion, Francis Agbonlahor ,Managing Director of GGBL, said, ‘Supporting KATH through our Water of Life programme is part of our commitment to invest in communities where we operate, particularly in the city where our flagship brewery is located. We believe that the project will contribute to improving the quality of life of community members. As the second largest hospital in Ghana serving the middle and northern belts, we heeded to a call for support to improve healthcare delivery. We worked with our implementing partners’ to assess and identify what we could do to reduce the challenges faced by the hospital and I must say, it has been a great collaboration between GGBL, the hospital and the implementing partners”.
Gracing the occasion was a representative of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. In a speech read on his behalf, Nana Boakye Yam-Ababio, Nkwanta Kesehene added, “We know of the great work GGBL does in the area of CSR. The employment they offer the people from the Asante Kingdom and their means of giving back to the communities.
This is a testament of the commitment they’ve made to the communities they operate in and we appreciate the establishment of their brewery here in Asanteman”.
On his part, Chief Executive of KATH, Dr. Joseph Apalloo expressed his appreciation for the gesture and the hospital’s willingness to maintain the facility and keep it in good shape.
The Water of Life programme supports Diageo’s (GGBL’s parent company) commitment to enable access to clean drinking water to 1 million people across Africa every year. The programme also supports and contributes to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 – Clean water and sanitation and Diageo 2020 Sustainability and Responsibility Targets.