PRESIDENT John Dramani Mahama yesterday inaugurated a 120-bed hospital facility at the Shai Osudoku District in Dodowa, in the Greater Accra Region.
The Shai Osudoku District Hospital is the first to be completed, out of six district hospitals being constructed by government under its “Built to care project”.
The hospital is part of a $ 175 million contract signed between the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the NMS Infrastructure Limited, with funding from the Barclays Bank PLC in the United Kingdom (UK), through the UK Government.
President Mahama said the other district hospitals were being constructed at Sekondi, Kumawu, Abetifi, Fomena and Garu-Tempane, while the European Hospital in Takoradi, would be upgraded under the project.
He said two of the district hospitals – the Fomena and Kumawu hospitals would be completed by October this year, adding that “work is ongoing in Garu-Tempane and Abetifi, and our expectation is that those two hospitals will be completed early 2017”
He stated that the Sekondi District Hospital would kickstart soon, following the resolution of land issues that delayed the project.
President Mahama said the upgrade of the Takoradi Hospital was ongoing, with the construction of new flats for staff of the hospital as well as a new infectious disease centre.
“Ghana is currently experiencing an annual population growth rate above two per cent which translates into an increase of about half a million people added to the population every year, hence the need to expand health facilities to accommodate the increase in population,” he said.
President Mahama said the project and the vigorous expansion in the health sector was in line with government’s effort to bring quality healthcare delivery to the doorsteps of every Ghanaian.
He stated that the next batch of the construction of new district hospitals would soon be constructed at Sawla-Tuna-Kalba, Keta, Somanya, Wekpe and Tolon as well as a new polyclinic in Bamboi.
“In addition, we have a policy of increasing the number of health training institutions for the training of more health personnel, doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff,” he said.
President Mahama urged the management of the facility to maintain and preserve the facility for the benefit of the next generation to come.
The Minister for Health, Mr. Alexander Segbefia, for his part stated that the hospital had been constructed in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.
“The bed spacing in the new wards will provide patients with up to five times more space than older hospitals, provide a therapeutic environment to enhance patient recovery and also maximise patients’ experience,” he said.
The health minister entreated all to actively seek best practices in the management of the hospital and institute functional management structure for the effective running of the hospital saying, “There is so much pressure on government resources to the extent that communities that have benefited from the provision of such infrastructure should not expect government to be responsible for maintenance”.
The UK Minister for Africa, Mr James Duddridge thanked the MOH for its contribution to making the construction of the Shai Osudoku District Hospital a success.
He stated that the innovative design had been adapted to suit the unique topography and geographical conditions of its location by a world class team of experts from Ghana and the UK.
The hospital has a substantial walk-in Out Patient Department, two operating surgical theatres, and accident and emergency centre, maternity unit and ward, a diagnostic and physiotherapy unit and provides pharmaceutical and pathological services among others.
By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey