100-bed Obuasi Trauma Hospital takes off …after President Akufo-Addo cuts sod

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has cut the sod for the construction of a 100-bed Trauma Hospital for the Obuasi Municipality, on Monday.

The construction of the Obuasi Municipal Trauma Hospital is being funded by a €55 million facility acquired by the government.

Part of the money would also be used to remodel and construct the Atiwa East Hospital at Anyinam, rehabilitation of the existing Obuasi Government Hospital, and re-modelling of the Enyiresi Hospital.

President Akufo-Addo said, the facility would have a positive impact on the lives of people in the beneficiary communities.

To be undertaken by Universal Hospital Group (UHG), a Ghanaian company, the facility would consist of an Emergency Department with three operating theatres, recovery rooms, resuscitation rooms, plaster room, a diagnostics centre to include a CT scan, X-ray, fluoroscopy, laboratory and a blood bank.

In addition, it would include an Outpatient Department, including pharmacy and consulting rooms, public health department, medical administration, 100-beds in total for in-patient wards including a trauma and orthopedic, 30-beds for other interventions requiring temporary stay, staff housing and a mortuary.

The President was expectant that the Ghana Health Service, managers of the facility once completed, would put in measures to attract the requisite specialised health staff to come and work in the hospital.

He expressed appreciation to the chiefs of the Obuasi Traditional Council and the people  for their outstanding commitment and support shown to his government, and was hopeful that the contractors would complete the hospital within the stipulated period of 30 months.

The Paramount Chief of New Edubiase, Oguahyia Oduro Panin Birikorang, thanked President Akufo-Addo for siting the hospital in Obuasi, stating that the hospitals in Obuasi were over stretched and, once completed, the Trauma Hospital would be of immense benefit to the people of the town.

The sod-cutting ceremony brought to an end a four- day working tour of the President to inspect ongoing projects in some parts the Ashanti Region.

FROM KINGSLEY E.HOPE, OBUASI


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