Construction of 88 district hospital projects will commence later this year as part of the government’s ambitious initiative aimed at tackling Ghana’s fragile health sector.
According to the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta the project dubbed Agenda 111, will be executed in two phases with the first phase completed.
He made this known when he presented the mid-year budget review in Parliament Thursday.
“Mr. Speaker, government and the project coordinating team have worked tirelessly on phase one, and I am happy to report that pre-contract works have now been completed for 88 sites for the district hospitals. Mr. Speaker, we expect to commence phase two (construction to begin) three weeks from now, from 17th August 2021,” the Minister announced.
Phase one involved the engagement of relevant consultants, survey and inspection of the proposed sites, feasibility studies, geotechnical studies, concept drawing, preparation of detailed drawings, BOQ’s, specifications, contract documents, processing of the necessary permits and documentation and others.
Ken Ofori-Atta mentioned that the government has already engaged over 20 local consulting firms through a lead project consultant to provide architectural, engineering designs, and project management support towards the execution of the project.
As part of measures to tackle the ravaging health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is seeking to under the ‘Agenda’ program constructs 101 standard district hospitals with accommodation for doctors and nurses, six new regional hospitals in the six new regions, and one regional hospital for the Western Region.
The project will also see to the rehabilitation of Effia-Nkwanta Hospital in the Western region, constructing two new psychiatric hospitals and a new Accra Psychiatric hospital.
SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES