According to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic, since 2017, his administration has started and finished 32 hospital construction projects in the Ashanti Region.
As part of his four-day working visit to the Ashanti Region, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “I am not referring to CHPS compounds and health centers, I am talking specifically about hospital projects” while speaking at the commissioning of the 60-bed Asante Akim Municipal Hospital on Sunday, October 16, 2022.
The President mentioned that his administration is building sixteen (16) district hospitals under Agenda 111 in Trede, Kokoben, Boamang, Nsuta Sekyere, Manso Adubia, Mankranso, Kwabenakwa, Barekese, Kodie, Asiwa, Akrofuom, Adugyama, Adansi Asokwa, Asokore Mampong, Bantama, and Nyinahin in addition to a psychiatric hospital at Onwe.
“There are five (5) hospitals being constructed by VAMED Engineering in Manso Nkwanta, Twedie, Sabronum, Drobonso and Suame. Under the EUROGET Project, initiated by the NPP under President Kufuor, the Akufo-Addo Government has seen to the completion of the Ahafo Ano North District Hospital in Tepa, and the Asante Akyem Hospital in Konongo. As I indicated earlier, the two hundred and fifty bed Ashanti Regional Hospital in Sewua, and the five hundred bed Military Hospital at Afari will be commissioned and completed next year,” he said.
The President continued, “Again, under Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the construction of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Maternity and Children’s Block, which had stalled for forty-one (41) years, have been duly reactivated, and work is progressing steadily. We are also completing two district hospital projects in Fomena and Kumawu, which were inherited from the predecessor Government.”
He told the gathering that, very soon, work will commence on the construction of district hospitals at Offinso and Effiduase, as will work on the completion of Maternity Blocks at Tafo and Kumasi South Hospitals, and the construction of a residential facility at Abrepo for Kumasi South Hospital.
“As part of my tour of Ashanti, I will, on Wednesday, inspect ongoing work on the construction of a Trauma Hospital at Obuasi, which is being undertaken by Universal Hospital Group,” he stated.
Konongo Municipal Hospital
Commissioning the Asante Akim Hospital in Konongo, which is part of the “Ghana Hospital Project”, initiated by the Kufuor Government in 2008, and executed by EUROGET De-Invest S.A of Egypt, President Akufo-Addo indicated that this is the sixth Hospital he is commissioning under the Project.
“This Hospital has been long awaited in Konongo, and it is good that, today, the demand for a Municipal Hospital of quality has been realised. Residents and surrounding health facilities will now gain access to improved healthcare,” he said.
The “Ghana Hospital Project” involves the design, construction and equipping of one (1) Military Hospital, two (2) Regional Hospitals, and six (6) District Hospitals in Ghana, at a project cost of US$339 million. It falls under the broader objective of providing infrastructure for the delivery of effective healthcare to Ghanaians.
The two hundred and fifty (250) bed Ashanti Regional Hospital at Sewua in the Bosomtwe District, the sixty (60) bed Municipal Hospital at Salaga in the East Gonja Municipality, and the five hundred (500) bed Military Hospital, under the Ministry of Defence at Afari, once more in Ashanti, are additional hospitals being built under this contract.
Before the end of 2023, they should all be put into service.
The Konongo Hospital was built for $35.86 million and features a number of departments, including administration, outpatient department (OPD), physiotherapy, pharmacy, radiology, laboratory, surgical suite (operation dep. ), laundry, mortuary, medical waste department, general stores, ten (10) staff housing units, and a mini market.
Modern medical tools like x-ray machines, ultrasound devices, a fully furnished operating room, medical gases, and patient monitors are all present and correct in the hospital.
Additionally, it has a power plant, a water treatment facility, a central air conditioning system, and a facility for the anaerobic treatment of sewage.
President Akufo-Addo reaffirmed that as part of the government’s effort to achieve universal health coverage, the government is committed to enhancing access to vital and high-quality health services by providing the necessary facilities, equipment, and logistics (UHC).