Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia says it is about time government evaluates the cost and duration of public constructions in the country.

Speaking at the opening ceremony to commission the newly constructed Infectious Disease Centre in the Ga East District, he said considering the low cost and the speed at which the building was constructed, it was prudent to adopt such practices in the building of other government infrastructure.

He said, “We surely need to rethink our cost and duration of public construction in general. This project no doubt sets a high bar of professionalism, excellence dedication and commitment to work. Ghana is forever indebted to your sense of duty to humanity.”

The estimated $5 million project, located at the Ga East Municipal Hospital was commenced in April this year after a sod-cutting ceremony graced by President Akufo-Addo.

The 100-bed capacity facility will be used to treat critically ill Covid-19 patients during the pandemic and subsequently used as a centre for the treatment and research into some of the most infectious diseases prevalent in Ghana after the coronavirus pandemic.

Vice President Bawumia lauded the architects, donors, and construction workers etc who had pitched in their efforts to make the project a success.

He said, “Indeed we must be proud of this project. This project was built by Ghana. If you look at the combination of the various groups and individuals who have done this it’s been just a remarkable effort.”