Kwabenya, Nov 6, GNA - President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday commissioned the 100-bed modern Ga-East District
Hospital at Kwabenya near Accra.
The facility, which will serve residents of Ashongman, Dome, Haatso, Kwabenya and Madina, is the second hospital to be commissioned by the President under the “Ghana Hospital Project”, following the opening of the Upper West Regional Hospital in Wa, last August.
EUROGET De-Invest S.A of Egypt is executing all the development under the Ghana Hospital Project, initiated by the Government of Ghana, in 2008. They are scheduled to carry out other projects in Tepa, Twifo Praso, Konongo, Salaga, Nsawkaw and Kumasi Sewua.
The hospital is fitted with modern medical equipment, and designed with several departments including; an administration block, out-patient department (OPD), physiotherapy unit, pharmacy, radiology unit, laboratory, surgical suite, emergency & casualty Unit, mortuary, staff accommodation amongst others.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Akufo-Addo noted that with the completion of the facility, residents in the Ga-East district would now gain access to improved healthcare from the Hospital.
“This hospital has been long awaited in Ga-East, and it is good that, today, the demand for a district hospital of quality has been realised. Residents and surrounding health facilities in Ashongman, Dome, Haatso, Kwabenya and Madina will now gain access to improved healthcare from the Ga-East Hospital,” he said.
Decrying the worrisome manner that public facilities were mishandled, the President called on the administrators of the hospital to ensure that the facility was put to better use by embracing and strengthening the culture of maintenance.
“This edifice has been put at great cost to our nation, and we should be in the position, some ten years down the line, to see it still in good condition. It should not fall in the ways in which several institutions like this in Ghana have gone. The leadership of this facility must set the example for its periodic and constant maintenance,” he added.
Government, President Akufo-Addo assured, was committed 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 to attain Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
He said his administration had brought the operations of ailing National Health Insurance Scheme back to life, with the clearing of the GH¢1.2 billion arrears government inherited from the immediate past government.
“We have cleared the GH¢1.2 billion arrears we inherited, and brought the operations of the NHIS back to life. We have also launched the policy of mobile renewal of NHIS membership,” he added.
The “Ghana Hospital Project” involves the design, construction and equipping of one (1) Military Hospital, two (2) Regional Hospitals, and six (6) District Hospitals in Ghana, at a project cost of US$339 million, and will deliver eight hundred and ten (810) beds.
It falls under the broader objective of providing infrastructure for the delivery of effective healthcare to the citizenry.