The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has inaugurated a 60-bed Ahafo Ano North Municipal Hospital at Tepa in the Ashanti Region.
The ultra-modern facility, estimated at US$36 million is one of the nine projects under the ‘Ghana Hospitals Project’.
It has been built to the highest standards and equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment. This is in line with the vision of the government to provide good quality health care to the people as well as making the country a medical hub for the sub-region.
The Ahafo Ano North Municipal Hospital and other eight facilities are being executed by the Euroget De-Invest S.A (EDI) of Egypt.
The other facilities include 160-bed Upper West Regional Hospital in Wa and 100-bed GA East Municipal Hospital at Kwabenya which were commissioned in August and November 2019 respectively.
The rest are 500 bed Military Hospital at Afari in Ashanti; 250 bed Regional Hospital at Sewua-Kumasi; 60 bed District Hospital at Salaga in the Savannah Region; 60-bed District Hospital at Nsawkwa in the Tain District of Bono and another 60-bed facility at Twifo-Praso in Central Region and 60 bed District Hospital at konongo in Ashanti.
The Tepa facility has 28 medical and non-medical buildings, 60-bed ward including four theatres, 20 unit staff housing, central kitchen and laundry, 1.5 km internal roads and car park plot of 148 capacity, and landscape and 800m of covered walkway.
The outpatient facilities of the hospital include dental clinic, cardiology, ophthalmology, paediatric, gynecology, general surgery and orthopaedic. It also has an 18-body capacity mortuary, medical waste treatment department, hospital information system (HIS), and internal and external CCTV system.
At a short ceremony, President Akufo-Addo reiterated the commitment of government to improving access to essential and quality health services through the provision of the necessary health infrastructure, equipment and logistics, including the deployment of appropriate technology, as part of the drive to attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
He urged the management of Ahafo Ano North Municipal Hospital to adhere to the culture of periodic and constant maintenance so that the edifice would not fall in the ways in which several institutions in the country have gone.
Later in an interview, Dr. Said Deraz, Chairman of Euroget Group, said two more projects would be ready for commissioning within the next four weeks. The projects are 60-bed District Hospital at Nsawkwa in the Tain District of Bono and another 60-bed facility at Twifo-Praso in Central Region. “We wish to assure that our commitment to deliver the rest of the hospitals under the ‘Ghana Hospitals Projects’ at the same high level of quality as this hospital,” he stated.
He said Euroget De-Invest will remain a visible presence at the hospital for another three years to provide services including remedial works on buildings and other structures during the 12 months’ defect liability period; warranty maintenance of medical equipment for 12 months; and post-warranty maintenance of medical equipment for a further period of 24 months.
Ghana Hospitals Project
The first step in the development of the project was approval of the loan agreement by Parliament in 2008. Subsequently, the project underwent administrative procedures till the final financing guarantee was given by the government in February 2014.
The concessional financing for the project has a term of 18 years with 1.6% interest rate including four years grace period covering engineering, turnkey construction, supply and installation of medical equipment, training and three years of maintenance.