THE Ghana government is set to construct new health facilities in Ashanti and Eastern regions following the approval of a €56,153,500 loan by the country’s parliament for the implementation of the project.
Provided by the Deutsche Bank AG, one of the world’s leading financial service providers, the loan will partly fund the construction of trauma hospitals in Obuasi and Ayinam. Dr. Mark Assibey-Yeboah, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, said that the scope of work for the trauma hospitals include accident and emergency department, a male theatre, public health department, out-patient department, amongst others.
The loan will also facilitate the construction of an accident and emergency centre at the Enyiresi Hospital, and a rehabilitation centre at the Obuasi Health Centre as well as finance the provision of medical equipment and ancillary services to ensure that the facilities are fully operational and serving their purpose.
The projects will be undertaken over three years by local companies under engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractual basis.
Lack of major hospitals in Obuasi and Anyinam regions
According to Dr. Assibey-Yeboah, the Anyinam region does not have a single major hospital and the existing Obuasi Health Centre is both ill-equipped and inadequate to meet the health needs of the growing population of the catchment area.
Upon completion, the new health facilities will bring quality healthcare to the doorstep of residents of beneficiary communities and boost the healthcare sector of the entire country.
The project is a part of the government’s commitment to the provision of universal health in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 3.