The first Agenda 111 facility’s construction is proceeding slowly and according to plan in Trede in the Atwima Kwanwoman District of the Ashanti region.
With the majority of the physical structures in place, the facility is starting to take shape.
The job is proceeding according to the contractor’s report.
This was discovered during a working visit to the site on June 29, 2023, by the Minister of Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and the Presidential Health Advisor Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare to assess the status of the project’s work, which began on August 17, 2021.
The ministry took advantage of the opportunity to update the media on the status of all Agenda 111 projects across Ghana.
The Minister of Information stated that so far, 88 of the 111 contracts have been awarded, and work has begun on 54 of the projects.
According to Dr. Nsiah-Asare, the monitoring team has already visited 33 of the project’s 54 sites and expressed satisfaction with how well work has progressed at each location.
On all the project sites visited, the majority of the contractors, according to him, have completed around 52% of the work. He expressed optimism that by the end of the year, the bulk of these projects would be finished and put into service.
He stated that the Trede project was currently at an advanced stage of completion with “62%” of the work finished. “We are sure of commissioning it by the end of the year 2023.”
Even though the bulk of contracts were supposed to be finished within 18 months, Dr. Nsiah Asare indicated that there were some delays caused by some contractual complications, but he assured that the majority of the projects would be finished during the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government’s term.
The Ghana Health Infrastructure Project, also known as the Agenda 111 project, entails building 101 district hospitals where none already exist, as well as two psychiatric hospitals for the middle and southern belts, seven regional hospitals, and the rehabilitation of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
The middle and northern belt psychiatric institutions have not yet begun construction.
Three contractors’ contracts for the Agenda 111 hospital projects in the Ashanti region have been terminated by the government.
At Kunsu in the Ahafo Ano South-West District, Manso Adubia in the Amansie South District, and Nsuta in the Sekyere Central District of the Ashanti Region, the contractors were working on the projects.
According to Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information, the contractors did not satisfy the Key Performance Indicators (KPI).
He made this statement during the Minister’s news conference on the status of the Agenda 111 hospital projects, which was conducted at the 62 percent finished Trede project site in the Atwima Kwanwoma District of Ashanti.
In order to avoid having their contracts terminated, Mr. Nkrumah advised all of the contractors involved in the hospital projects to perform well and satisfy the KPIs.
The Agenda 111 projects won’t be impacted by the IMF conditions, according to Dr. Nsiah Asare, Presidential Advisor on Health.
When the projects are finished, Dr. Nsiah Asare also promised unemployed medical professionals particularly nurses and doctors more jobs.
According to him, the 111 projects were divided into eight zones, and the Ashanti area, which is in Zone 8, is a beneficiary of 17 of the 111 projects.
While the majority of the projects in the area have already begun, he claimed that some of the districts were yet to do so because of some land-related difficulties.
He claimed that in order to make use of the available land, the projects had to be changed from a single stack to a double stack storey skyscraper.
Asokore-Mampong, Bantama, and Kwabenakwa were a few of the districts he mentioned as having difficulties obtaining land for the project.
Despite the reconfiguration, he insisted that all projects would share the same amenities.
The president on August 17, 2021 cut the sod for the construction of the Agenda 111 hospital project.
Each hospital facility is planned as a single-story campus featuring Patient Reception & Processing, Administration, Pharmacy, Labs / Diagnostics, OPD, Physiotherapy, Public Health, Accident & Emergency, Surgical Ward, Paediatric Ward, Maternity Ward, Isolation Ward and four state of the art theatre for surgery.