In March 2020, the government ordered the closure and demolishing of the La General Hospital to pave way to its redevelopment.
The government funded hospital redevelopment is estimated to cost $63 million and is schedule to be completed in 24 months.
The President of the Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo on 10th August 2020 cut sod for the construction of the La General Hospital.
The President indicated that the redevelopment project is being financed by a credit facility from Standard Chartered Bank of the United Kingdom, with an export credit guarantee from Sinosure of the People’s Republic of China, to the tune of sixty eight million euros (€68 million), with an insurance cover of three million, eight hundred and sixty thousand euros (€3,860,349.18). Meaning there is available funding for the project.
The project was to be executed by a Chinese company, Poly Changda, allegedly to have wide-ranging experience in China and other parts of Africa in the construction of healthcare facilities.
REASON FOR REDEVELOPMENT.
At the sod cutting ceremony on Tuesday, 10th August 2020, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the redevelopment project has been occasioned by a report from the Ghana Health Service, which indicated that the five-storey structure of the Hospital had developed gaping cracks, which made the facility unfit for use.
Furthermore, the unplanned nature of the entire hospital campus required that it be reorganised so that it can function efficiently as a 21st century hospital, which will serve the needs of residents of La and its adjoining communities.
ABOUT LA POLYCLINIC
La Polyclinic was established in the early 60’s and had for years provided the general public, especially those in La, Osu, Teshie, Nungua and its surrounding areas with their healthcare needs.
Among amenities the hospital had before its closure were a five-bedroom emergency unit, an incinerator, a waste management facility, an Out-Patients Department (OPD) and males and female wards
The people of La and its adjourning communities feel deceived that 367 days after the sod cutting, nothing has be done on the land.
They feel denied of access to healthcare since there are other health facilities with gaping cracks and unfit for use but those facilities are still being used.
So why do government demolish the major health facility of the people of La when the government is not ready to redevelop it.
In the Presidents speech during the sod cutting, he indicated “I expect that all of us, gathered here, will be present again, God-willing, for the commissioning of this project, once it is completed.”
The project was scheduled to be completed in 24months. We’ve exhausted 12 months of no action.
The question then is: When will the project commence and when will it be commissioned?