President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for the construction and equipping of a 12-storey 400 beds Maternity and Gynaecological Centre, and a 2-storey 101 beds Urology and Nephrology Centre at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in the Greater Accra Region.
The maternity block worth a total of One Hundred and Forty-Five Million, Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand Euros (€145,220,000) would be funded with the amount secured from the Standard Chartered Bank with an export credit guarantee from Swedish Export Credit.
The facility which is expected to be the first public facility to deliver IVF services in the Country when completed would comprise of four hundred (400) bed capacity; twenty (20) labour delivery rooms; one hundred (100) seater waiting area; twenty-six (26) recovery wards; eighteen (18) treatment rooms; twenty-four (24) consulting rooms; seven (7) theatres; IVF services; ten (10) room accommodation for new mothers; thirty-two (32) seater restaurant, with a preparation area; and an emergency unit with its own triage and operating theatre.
The Urology and Nephrology Centre of Excellence, to offer advance treatment for patients with various degree kidney conditions, on the other hand, is being funded by the Raiffeisen Bank International AG Ltd of Austria at a cost of €38 million with an insurance cover of €4,666,950 from the OKB Group, also from Austria.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for the construction and equipping of a 12-storey 400 beds Maternity. Image / facebook.com/nakufoaddo
The 2-storey Urology and Nephrology Centre will have a 31 suite dialysis station for persons with kidney disorders, and 70 beds for genito-urinary patients.
It would provide out-patient services and serve as a resource center where urology and nephrology research would be conducted.
Fulfillment of a promise
Speaking at a sod-cutting ceremony for the project on Tuesday, August 11, the president said the projects were in fulfillment of a promise he made to the hospital.
According to him, the construction of the two facilities together with reactivation of works at the abandoned 750 bed Maternity and Children’s Block at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti Region signifies government commitment towards improving the healthcare infrastructure of the country.
“Once completed, the facility will contribute to addressing the persistent challenges of high maternal and child health morbidity and mortality in Ghana. It will also accelerate our progress towards the achievement of the SDGs through enhanced access to quality maternal and child health services,” he added
He noted that the facilities would enable the hospital to provide medical tourism services to neighbouring countries and generate enough funds to run its activities.
He advised the management and contractors of the project to ensure that the project was completed on time and on budget.
The Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu said the two projects were part of eleven others being undertaken across the country to improve and bring health care to the doorsteps of Ghanaians adding that the eleven were not part of 88 hospitals agenda announced earlier by the President.