The Overlord of the Asante Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has appealed to every household in the Ashanti Region to donate GH¢200 a month towards the renovation of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
The project, dubbed: “Heal Komfo Anokye”, is being spearheaded by the King to mobilise $10 million to fully renovate the 70-year-old facility.
In the King’s address at the official launch of the Asantehene’s fundraising campaign in aid of the renovation of KATH old blocks as part of the legacy projects to mark the 25th anniversary of his enstoolment, His Royal Majesty bemoaned the sorry state of the Teaching Hospital.
He, therefore, implored all residents of the Ashanti Region to show commitment to assist the renovation drive of the facility by donating money periodically.
“I’m appealing to my subjects and residents of this region that if every household donates at least GH¢200 a month towards this project, we will be able to successfully renovate the hospital. Komfo Anokye whom the hospital was named after never got ill, so why should we sit unconcerned for the hospital that has healed many be deemed as sick, needing healing?
“When our health deteriorates, this is where we will all be brought to. It is our duty to heal Komfo Anokye. I have built my Kingdom collectively with foreigners, so I ask all to come and assist me to heal Komfo Anokye,” he appealed.
Otumfuo further entreated Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Ashanti Region led by the Ashanti caucus present at the event to make a personal endeavour to lead the mobilisation of funds from their constituents for the renovation of the hospital.
“Members of Parliament (MPs) here should pay attention to the Ashanti Region.You’re becoming too preoccupied with Accra issues. You seem to prefer Accra. Stop the cheap popularity and pay attention to the development of the Ashanti Region. Lead the charge and collect the monies from your constituents to support this project. Muntaka, you’ll take money for me, and so will you all,” Otumfuo stressed.
The committee in charge of the fundraising drive has set aside Fidelity Bank account number 2400302340016 for persons willing to donate to support the project.
Also, potential donors can use the short code 7761955# (for all networks), MTN Mobile Money number 0544195525, and Merchant ID 195525, to donate funds in support of the healing of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.