President Nana Akufo Addo has reiterated his willingness to complete the47-year-old abandoned maternity blockat Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in 36 months.
A €155 million funding for the project, he says has been fully secured through the German Deutsche Bank and the UK Export Finance.
“I am very happy to be in Kumasi today, the coronavirus outbreak notwithstanding to cut sod for work to begin finally,” the president said.
Addressing the media at the sod cutting ceremony in Kumasi, Akufo-Addo said once completed, the 750 bed facility would serve as a referral Centre for 12 of Ghana’s 16 regions.
The facility, he said would have an Out Patient Department, an Obstetrics Unit, 10 operating theatres, lecture halls among others.
“The finalization of this project is very dear to my heart,” he stated, adding it would help the country’s drive to achieve the targets spelt out in the Sustainable Development Goals on maternal and child health.
The president further repeated his promise to put a district hospital in all 88 districts without one.
He said seven regions in the country without regional hospitals will also get one; “all of which have to be done within a year.”
This, he said would bridge the gap in access to healthcare across the country.
“Government is committed to providing access to healthcare to every Ghanaian no matter where they are for every Ghanaian is entitled to good health and good health care,” he stated.