The ongoing relocation of some Doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi living at Danyame has taken an unexpected turn as the private developers extended helping hand to doctors who are facing displacement due to impending redevelopment plans.

The doctors are facing eviction because the area they live has been sold to private developers after the area lands were released to the traditional owners who the government secured the lands from several decades ago without paying the appropriate compensation.

Despite the developers’ efforts to provide new accommodation for these medical professionals, concerns have been raised by some doctors, causing a stir in the media across the country.

The concerned private developers have allocated between 40,000-60,000 rent assistant money to assist the affected doctors in finding alternative housing arrangements around TUC, Patase and Bantama communities which is close to the hospital to enable them attand to emergency cases when the need be while the redevelopment project takes place.

Additionally, after two years, new accommodation will be provided to them in the redeveloped area. However, a section of the doctors has expressed discontent, leading to public speculation and debate on why doctors residential facilities should be sold for private estate projects.

Meanwhile, several other tenants, including teachers from the Kumasi Technical Senior High School (KSTS), who were in similar predicaments, have successfully relocated without any complaints.

The departure of these tenants has paved the way for the upcoming redevelopment project, which aims to improve living conditions in the area.

The negotiation on behalf of the doctors was led by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah who collaborated with the Board Chairmen of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Bompata Manhene Nana Effah Apenteng, Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly Chief Executive and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Hospital.

The regional minister, acknowledge as a key facilitator of the relocation process, plans to address the issue personally and shed light on the grievances of the concerned doctors.

The redevelopment project, set to transform the area and improve the overall living conditions, has received widespread support and endorsement from the regional minister and top management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

It is hoped that the private developers’ commitment to assisting doctors during the relocation process will help ease tensions and encourage a smooth transition for all parties involved.

As the situation unfolds, the Ashanti regional minister Simon Osei Mensah eagerly awaits to clarify the details of the relocation plan.

Source: Isaac Bediako