President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, October 16, 2022 commissioned the 60-bed Asante Akim Municipal Hospital at Konongo.
Commissioning the hospital as he begun a four-day tour of the Ashanti Region, the President reiterated his commitment to add on to existing health infrastructure to improve access to essential and quality services.
“This Hospital has been long awaited in Konongo, and it is good that, today, the demand for a Municipal Hospital of quality has been realised. Residents and surrounding health facilities will now gain access to improved healthcare,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo said his objective to construction and completion 32 hospital projects in the Ashanti Region is on course.
“I am not referring to CHPS compounds and health centres, I am talking specifically about hospital projects,” he stressed.
The “Ghana Hospital Project” involves the design, construction and equipping of one Military Hospital, two Regional Hospitals, and six District Hospitals in Ghana, at a project cost of US$339 million. It falls under the broader objective of providing infrastructure for the delivery of effective healthcare to Ghanaians.
Other hospitals being constructed under the contract are the 250-bed Ashanti Regional Hospital at Sewua in the Bosomtwe District, which was started by the erstwhile John Mahama administration; the 60-bed Municipal Hospital at Salaga in the East Gonja Municipality; and the 500-bed Military Hospital, under the Ministry of Defence at Afari, also in Ashanti Region. They are all expected to be commissioned before the end of 2023.
The US$35.86 million facility includes an administration block; outpatient department (OPD); physiotherapy; pharmacy; radiology; laboratory; surgical suite (operation dep.); laundry; mortuary; medical waste department; general stores; ten (10) staff housing units; and a mini market.
It has also been equipped with modern medical equipment, such as x-ray machines, ultrasound machines, fully equipped operating theatre, medical gases, and patient monitors. It also has a medical waste treatment plant, a power station, a water treatment plant, a central air conditioning system and an anaerobic sewerage treatment plant.
The President, also paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace where he reiterated his pledge to eliminate the galamsey menace. He said his government is on record to have committed the most resources towards the fight and is focused on stopping the indiscriminate destruction of water bodies and the land, which have become an existential threat to security and the nation’s survival in general.
In a brief remark the Asantehene again said officialdom shou;d be bold enough to punish persons especially financiers behind the illegal mining activities. He also urged the President, Nana Akufo Addo tto tell his subjects what he has done for Ashanti and o leave ‘befitting legacy’.
President Akufo Addo is expected to inspect the Agenda 111 Hospital Project at Kokoben and commission the 30kv Kumasi-Bolgatanga Transmission line.
On Monday, October 17, 2022 he will commission a residential complex for Appeals Court Judges at Nhyiaeso, inspect Kejetia/Central Market Phase II Project, the Maternal and Children’s Block Project at KATH and the commissioning of the ECG KATH 33/11kv Primary Sub-station all in the Subin constituency.
He will also address a durbar of Chiefs at Toase where he will join them to commission the Toase Magistrate Court in the Atwima Nwabiagya South Constituency.
On Day three of his working visit, the President will hold a meeting with REGSEC and Security Officers at the Headquarters of the Central Command (IDRIS Barracks), and later perform a sod cutting for the commencement of work on the Suame Interchange.
He will proceed to the a 1D1F Maize Processing Factory and inspect an Agenda 111 project at Nsuta and launch the Roll-Out of the New NPP Membership Cards at the Prempeh Assembly Hall in Kumasi.
Before his departure on Thursday, he will inspect the Santasi-Apire road, an Agenda 111 factory at Trede in the Atwima Kwanwoma constituency, the Anwiankwanta-Obuasi Road project and the Trauma and Accident Hospital at Obuasi.