President Akufo-Addo says his government, since 2017, has embarked on the construction and completion of some 32 hospital projects in the Ashanti Region.

He was speaking at the commissioning of the 60-bed Asante Akim Municipal Hospital on Sunday, October 16 2022, as part of his four-day working visit to the Ashanti Region.

President Akufo-Addo stressed that “I am not referring to CHPS compounds and health centres, I am talking specifically about hospital projects”.

32 major hospital projects ongoing in Ashanti region – Akufo-Addo

Under Agenda 111, the President noted that his government is constructing 16 district hospitals in Trede, Kokoben, Boamang, Nsuta Sekyere, Manso Adubia, Mankranso, Kwabenakwa, Barekese, Kodie, and Asiwa.

Other areas are Akrofuom, Adugyama, Adansi Asokwa, Asokore Mampong, Bantama and Nyinahin, in addition to the construction of a psychiatric hospital in Onwe, in the Ejisu Municipality.

“There are five hospitals being constructed by VAMED Engineering in Manso Nkwanta, Twedie, Sabronum, Drobonso and Suame.

“Under the EUROGET Project, initiated by the NPP under President Kufuor, the Akufo-Addo Government has seen to the completion of the Ahafo Ano North District Hospital in Tepa, and the Asante Akyem Hospital in Konongo.

“As I indicated earlier, the two hundred and 50-bed Ashanti Regional Hospital in Sewua, and the 500-bed Military Hospital at Afari will be commissioned and completed next year,” he said.

32 major hospital projects ongoing in Ashanti region – Akufo-Addo

The President added, “Again, under my government, the construction of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Maternity and Children’s Block, which had stalled for 41 years, have been duly reactivated, and work is progressing steadily.

“We are also completing two district hospital projects in Fomena and Kumawu, which were inherited from the predecessor Government.”

He told the gathering that, very soon, work will commence on the construction of district hospitals at Offinso and Effiduase, and the completion of Maternity Blocks at Tafo and Kumasi South Hospitals, and the construction of a residential facility at Abrepo for Kumasi South Hospital.

32 major hospital projects ongoing in Ashanti region – Akufo-Addo

“As part of my tour of Ashanti, I will, on Wednesday, inspect ongoing work on the construction of a Trauma Hospital at Obuasi, which is being undertaken by Universal Hospital Group,” he stated. 

Konongo Municipal Hospital

Commissioning the Asante Akim Hospital in Konongo, which is part of the “Ghana Hospital Project”, initiated by the Kufuor Government in 2008, and executed by EUROGET De-Invest S.A of Egypt, President Akufo-Addo indicated that this is the sixth Hospital he is commissioning under the Project.

“This Hospital has been long awaited in Konongo, and it is good that, today, the demand for a Municipal Hospital of quality has been realised. Residents and surrounding health facilities will now gain access to improved healthcare,” he said.

32 major hospital projects ongoing in Ashanti region – Akufo-Addo

The “Ghana Hospital Project” involves the design, construction and equipping of one Military Hospital, two Regional Hospitals, and six District Hospitals in Ghana, at a project cost of $339 million. It falls under the broader objective of providing infrastructure for the delivery of effective healthcare to Ghanaians.

Other hospitals being constructed under this contract are the 250-bed Ashanti Regional Hospital at Sewua in the Bosomtwe District; the 60-bed Municipal Hospital at Salaga in the East Gonja Municipality; and the 500-bed Military Hospital, under the Ministry of Defence at Afari, again, here in Ashanti.

They are all expected to be commissioned before the end of 2023.

32 major hospital projects ongoing in Ashanti region – Akufo-Addo

The Konongo Hospital has been constructed at a cost of $35.86 million, and has been designed with several departments including administration; outpatient department (OPD); physiotherapy; pharmacy; radiology; laboratory; surgical suite (operation dep.); laundry; mortuary; medical waste department; general stores; ten staff housing units; and a mini market.

32 major hospital projects ongoing in Ashanti region – Akufo-Addo

The Hospital has been equipped with modern medical equipment, such as x-ray machines, ultrasound machines, a fully equipped operating theatre, medical gases, and patient monitors. It also has a medical waste treatment plant, a power station, a water treatment plant, a central air conditioning system and an anaerobic sewerage treatment plant.

President Akufo-Addo reiterated the commitment of government 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, as part of government’s drive to attain Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

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