The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commissioned the ultra modern 100-Bed Ga East Municipal Hospital at Kwabenya on Wednesday.
The facility is the second to be completed out of the nine (9) Ghana Hospitals Project initiated in 2008 by the then John Agyekum Kufuor-led NPP government.
The 41 million dollar-project, constructed by EUROGET De-Invest S.A of Egypt, which sits on 135,000 square metres of land, was originally set to be built at Madina but was brought to Kwabenya in the Ga East Municipality due to lack of land space.
It is expected to serve communities including Kwabenya, Dome, Taifa, Haatso, New and Old Ashongman, Pantang, Abokobi and its environs in Ga East including surrounding communities like Madina, Adentan and Achimota.
The hospital has 25 structures which house four Theatres, four Delivery Rooms, an Emergency and Casualty Unit, an Out-Patient Department (OPD), Wards for Inpatients, and other different Clinics including Dental, Ophthalmology, Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Reproductive Health, a Physiotherapy an Administration Block and a 27-Body Mortuary.
The facility also has a Laboratory, X-Ray Unit, C-T Scans, Radiology, Advance Diagnostics and a Three-Storey, 20-Unit Staff Bungalow, among other modern facilities.
His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo commended EUROGET for completing the project a month ahead of schedule and urged administrators of the hospital to set an example for its periodic maintenance.
"This hospital has been long awaited in Ga East, and it is good that today, the demand for a district hospital of quality has been realized. This hospital was scheduled to have been completed and handed over to government in December, 2019 so I commend EUROGET for finishing this hospital ahead of schedule as the Chairman, promised in Wa", he lauded.
He continued, "This edifice has been put up at great cost to our nation, and we should be in the position, some 10 years down the lane, to see it still in good condition. It should not all in the ways in which some institutions like this in Ghana have gone. The leadership of this facility must set the example for its periodic and constant maintenance", he stated.
The President also highlighted some efforts made by his government for better health care delivery especially the revival of the National Health Insurance Scheme.
"The Government has taken stock of the first batch of 96 ambulances out o 275 meant or the 1 district 1 Ambulance Policy with the remaining expected to be delivered by December, 2019. Today, the National Health Insurance Scheme, the great social legacy bequeathed to us by the outstanding Ghanaian statesman, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor which was left in ruins by his NDC successors has been revived again by another NPP led government. We have cleared the 1.2 billion Ghana Cedis NHIS arrears we inherited and brought the operation of the NHIS back to life", he said.
The Minister for Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu highlighted some of the ultra modern facilities in the hospital and appealed to the Ministry of Roads and Highways to ensure that the road leading to the hospital and its environs is in good shape.
"We have installed CCTV cameras throughout the hospital for maximum security and a modern P.S system to reach all staff and patients anywhere in the clinic. This is a huge investment by the government in the health sector and we expect this facility to be put to good use. I therefore call on the Ministry of Roads and Highways and the Urban Roads department, to make the road more motorable or residents to access the hospital", the Minister assured.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey in his welcome address thanked the government for the relief the project will bring to residents in the Municipality and the Region as a whole.
"This government recognises that the health system is critical for national development and the right of health for all Ghanaians with sustainable facilities. We are therefore grateful to the government for this project and it is heart warming to now that the facility will bring great relief to residents of this municipality who travel far for medical care and indeed the Greater Accra Region as a whole", He stated.
The Chairman of EUROGET De-Invest S.A , Dr Said Deraz, was also grateful to the Finance ministry and the Ghana Revenue Authority for their financial support during complex situations in the construction of the edifice and promised to invest in the Mining and Agricultural sectors of the country to strengthen the bond between Ghana and EUROGET.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), for the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, in an interview with GEMANEWS, could not hide her joy for seeing the day come to pass.
She expressed profound gratitude to the President for not abandoning the project just like he is doing to all inherited projects and continuing and completing the hospital ahead of the stipulated completion period.
"We are happy today that our citizens, not only in Ga East but in other municipalities in the Region, can now access healthcare from such a facility. As you know, this project was meant for Madina but due to lack of land, it was brought here in Kwabenya in our municipality. We thank the President for delivering on his promise to complete this and other inherited projects and we are all proud of this edifice", the MCE stated.
By: Andrew Tagoe
Pictures: Benjamin Andoh Takyi