Parliament has approved two financial agreements on a total amount of 89.9 million Euros for the design, construction, equipping and furnishing of five new district hospitals and a polyclinic at Somanya, Buipe, Sawla-Tuna-Kalba, Wheta, Tolon, and Bamboi respectively.
The agreements that were on export credit facility and a commercial credit facility were signed between the Ghana government and Raiffeisen Bank International AG of Austria.
The facilities will aid efforts at bridging the equity gap in access to healthcare, ensure sustainable financing agreement to protect the poor and improve the conditions of the state of health facilities in the five districts.
The projects are also aimed at improving access to quality maternal, child neo-natal and adolescent health and nutrition services.
According to a report by Parliamentary Committee on Finance, the major component of the project would include civil works, mechanical and electrical works at the five districts hospitals and the polyclinic.
The five facilities will have Out-Patient Departments, theatres, adjunct clinical service, accidental and emergency units, in-patient services, maternity, mortuary, stores, 110 staff housing units, among others.
It said other major components include supply and installation of medical equipment, transport and ambulances, warranty management for one year, and technical assistance.
The committee observed that currently, there were 126 districts, including the beneficiary communities, in the country without district hospitals, though the government intended to provide every district with at least a befitting hospital.
“The successful completion of the projects will improve access to health care services for rural dwellers who will now have to spend less time travelling to adjoining districts to access hospital services.”
“Further, there will be an improved access to comprehensive emergency obstetric care and a reduction in mortality, especially of pregnant women and children under five years,” it said.
The committee noted that the construction of the six health facilities would significantly help in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
“The SDGs enjoins the country to achieve universal health coverage, financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services and access to safe, effective quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all,” it said.
In another development, the Electronic Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2016 went through the third reading in the House, and was passed.
By Yaw Kyei