The President of the republic, HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo will on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 observe the commencement of works involving the construction of one of the total One Hundred and Eleven (111) Hospital projects across the nation.
The president is expected to observe the commencement of works on the Atwima Kwanwoma District Hospital, sited at Trede in the Ashanti Region. Other contractors working on other projects in various Districts across the country are expected to commence work afterwards.
Briefing the media, the Minister responsible for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah recalled that the first mention of the project was done by president Akufo during his 8th Covid Update to the nation in April, 2020.
According to Mr. Oppong Nkrumah the major aim of the Agenda 111 is to provide the 101 outstanding districts with Hospitals.
Explaining further, he reiterated that, the project will also see to the provision of two specialised hospitals for the middle and northern belts, the Accra psychiatric hospital will also see a face uplift. Again six new Regional Hospitals will be developed under the Agenda.
Each project is programmed to be completed in twelve (12) months from the point of commencement.
Since its announcement, the project implementation committee chaired by the Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Frema Osei Opare has worked on securing 88 out of 101 sites composed of about 15 acres each.
Contractors for the various projects have also been duely procured and are set to commence work, with the first set starting from the coming week.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah disclosed that preference was given to local contractors as well as local labour ” it will also be the demonstration of Ghanaian excellence that will among other things showcase what the Ghanaian construction and engineering profession are capable of,” Mr. Oppong Nkrumah disclosed.
Commencement funding of $100million has been made available through the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) for the execution of the project.
The District and the Specialised Hospitals are being funded by the Government of Ghana (GoG) with the Regional Hospitals being funded by an arrangement by Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) The project is budgeted at nearly $17 million each for the District Hospitals.
The project is expected to deepen healthcare delivery at all District levels and also ensure that Ghanaians can access high quality healthcare at all District levels.
The project will also provide thousands of jobs for healthcare staff who will be recruited and posted to these 111 Hospitals that is; District Hospitals, Specialised Hospitals and Regional Hospitals across the length and breath of the country.
Again the project when completed will provide work for ancillary healthcare workers who provide services to support the core healthcare exercises.
Mr. Oppoong Nkrumah seized the opportunity to on behalf of the Government call on all, especially the local beneficiary communities, Traditional Leaders, Youth and all actors in the local health sector to give off their full support to this project to the benefit of the overall citizenry across the nation.
He encouraged local communities to take a keen interest and to support not only the commencement of work in their respective areas but also follow up on the progress of work in the coming months, all through to the completion of these projects.
By Kingsley Asiedu