The Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund, a private sector-led initiative, has set out a major plan to construct a 100-bed COVID-19 treatment and isolation facility to complement government efforts to contain the coronavirus.
Construction work on the new facility was expected to commence yesterday, Tuesday, April 14, 2020, and is scheduled for completion between three to six weeks after take-off.
Managing Trustee of the Fund, Senyo Hosi who told this to the media, said preparations toward commencing the project are far advanced.
“We are going to build a 100-bed facility and want to do it in not more than six weeks. We are breaking ground on Tuesday. Yesterday, we had a commencement meeting to get architects and engineers from the Built Environment Professionals (BEP), Ghana Institute of Architects, Ghana Institute of Surveyors, the Ghana Armed Forces Engineers Regiment, Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service, and a team of medics.
“As we speak, they are actually seated. We want to sign-off on design today. We met the president yesterday, and he gave his blessings. The Minister of Health has also been a key champion of this entire project,” he revealed.
The Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund, which seeks to raise a minimum of GH¢100million, has been established by a number of private businesses drawn from diverse sectors in the country to support the government’s efforts to conquer the coronavirus pandemic.
The Fund also seeks to extend relief services to individuals and families who have been hardest hit by the pandemic, undertake sensitisation programmes, and also support institutions at the forefront of the fight.
Since its establishment, the Fund has been embarking on a number of projects in conformity with its agenda. Through one of its initiatives dubbed ‘Feed A Kayayei Project’, more than 140,000 free hot meals have been served to persons affected by the lockdown in Accra and Kumasi.
Under its project dubbed ‘Protect and Resource the Frontline’, the Fund has also supplied tertiary care personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the Ga East Municipal Hospital, which is the primary treatment centre for COVID-19.