The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has cut the sod for the construction of a Trauma Hospital at Anyinam in the Atiwa East constituency, and a 40-bed District Hospital at Kwabeng in the Atiwa West constituency.
At Anyinam, his first port of call, on Thursday, October 1, 2020, President Akufo-Addo was told that the Trauma Hospital has been on the drawing board for well-over a decade.
The construction of the Atiwa East Trauma Hospital is being made possible by a fifty-five-million-euro facility from Deutsche Bank, with the facility also to be used for the construction of three other projects, namely a new Hospital at Obuasi East, the rehabilitation of the existing Obuasi Government Hospital; and the remodeling of the Enyiresi Hospital.
The Atiwa East Trauma Hospital project is to be constructed by Universal Hospital Group (UHG), a wholly-based Ghanaian company, which has a solid track-record in the delivery of similar infrastructure in parts of the country.
The project consists of an emergency department with a triage, three operating theatres, recovery rooms, resuscitation rooms, and a plaster room; diagnostics centre to include a CT scan, x-ray, fluoroscopy, laboratory and a blood bank; and outpatient department including pharmacy and consulting rooms.
It will also have a public health department; medical administration; 100 beds in total for in-patient wards, including a trauma and orthopedic ward; 30 beds for other interventions requiring temporary stay; staff housing; and a mortuary.
At Kwabeng, President Akufo-Addo noted that Government has secured funding towards the construction and equipping of twelve (12) hospitals with the associated staff accommodation facilities for hospital workers, and Kwabeng is one of the beneficiary communities.
An amount of seventy-five million, five hundred thousand euros (€71.5 million) from Erste Group Bank AG and Česká Spořitelna a.s has been secured towards the construction and equipping of these twelve (12) hospitals.
This is covered by an export credit guarantee of €8,612,931.30 from the EGAP of Czech Republic.
The Kwabeng Hospital will be constructed by VAMED Engineering GmbH of Austria, a global leader in the construction of healthcare facilities, and the other beneficiary communities are Jumapo, Kwabeng, Nkwatia, Achiase and Adukrom in the Eastern Region; Suame, Drobonso, Sabronum, Manso Nkwanta, Twedie in the Ashanti Region and; Kpone Katamanso in the Greater Accra Region.
These projects, including that of Kwabeng, are expected to be completed in twenty-four (24) months.
Upon completion, the Kwabeng District hospital will be fitted with the following staff offices; outpatient department and a public health wing; surgical suite consisting of a theatre, recovery ward, and a sterilisation unit; delivery unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU); laboratory, pharmacy and x-ray; forty (40)-bed ward for males, females and pediatrics; services block containing the laundry, stores and a coldroom; and staff accommodation.
Other components of the project package include supply and installation of medical equipment; 1-year post completion warranty and maintenance; and a training component for staff.