A model hospital that will serve the northern belt of the country with first-class medical services is expected to be operational in 2021. This follows a groundbreaking ceremony at Carpenter in the Bole-Bamboi district of the present Northern Region.
The facility – Leyaata Hospital, which literally means ‘Rescue Us’ – will be a place of excellence where services provided will meet highest quality and international standards. Leyaata Hospital will somewhat resolve the healthcare needs of residents of nearby communities such as Bamboi, New Longolo, Jogboi and Asantekwa. They presently have to travel about 120km to Bole – district capital, to access healthcare; or trek down south to the Wenchi Methodist Hospital.
The model health facility is a brainchild of two non-governmental organisations – Ghana Rural Integrated Development (GRID) and the Northern Empowerment Association (NEA) – which work together to deliver sustainable development and share compassion for marginalised communities in Northern Ghana.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony, Dr. David Mensah-Director of NEA, said the project will be financed by donations from philanthropic organisations and benevolent individuals in and outside the country. He noted that the hospital, when completed, will have solar panels installed on the roof to provide clean energy to the facility.
He emphasited that Leyaata Hospital will be equipped with ultra-modern facilities and IT systems, as well as personnel of integrity and a high sense of professionalism, care and compassion in the provision of robust healthcare, adding: “The hospital will be a pro-poor health facility. Therefore, poor sick people will not be denied health services on the grounds of their genuine inability to pay”.
The Bole-Bamboi District Director of Health Services, David Bakuri – who deputised for the Northern Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. John Eleeza – said the facility will be the second-most sophisticated hospital in the Northern Ghana after the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
The hospital, he noted, will improve healthcare delivery in the northern belt of the country, especially in the Bole-Bamboi district where there is only one doctor who serves a population over 77,000.
On behalf of the people, the DCE for Bole-Bamboi, Veronica Alele, thanked Dr. David Mensah and his partners for the foresight and pledged the support of government to help make the vision come to fruition.