Shama District in the Western Region is to benefit from a two –storey 100 bed capacity hospital at a total cost of €32 million.
When completed it will be fitted with a theatre, a six-bed intensive care unit, a recovery ward, pharmacy, and laboratory. It will also have diagnostic services to include a CT scan, a public health department, hospital administration block, kitchen, laundry maintenance and a logistics building and 30-body capacity mortuary.
Also, the hospital will have facilities such as meeting rooms, a library, stores, public health spaces, and offices for the district director and the health management team and sixteen-units of accommodation for hospital workers.
Accident and emergency unit, an out-patient department with consulting rooms, physiotherapy unit, and adjunct facilities for dental, ophthalmology and ear, nose and throat treatments, in-patient wards for males, females and paediatrics, a maternity ward with a well-designed neo-natal intensive care unit, and three theatres for general cases, obstetrics and emergencies.
Again, other project components include two-year post warranty maintenance, provision of seed capital to provide six-months stock of hospital consumables among others.
President Akufo-Addo at the sod cutting ceremony for the Shama District Hospital said: “government, has secured an amount of €32 million from Standard Chartered Bank, with a credit guarantee from Sinosure China as well as an insurance cover of €1.96 million for the project.
He said government is committed to providing access to healthcare facilities for all Ghanaians. “The facility, when completed would contribute to addressing the persistent challenges of high maternal and child health morbidity and mortality in the country. It will also accelerate our progress towards the achievement of the SDGs through enhanced access to quality maternal and child health services,” he said.
The President assured the chiefs and people of Shama that “the project is a sign of greater things to come,” while urging the contractor executing the project to work assiduously, and ensure that the project is delivered on time and within budget.
Acting President of Shama Traditional Council Nana Kweku Nwanu II urged the Ministry of Health to ensure that the project is completed with the stipulated period. He urged government to consider establishing a Nursing and Midwifery School at Shama.