La General Hospital project to resume as gov’t identifies €50m funding – Agyemang-Manu

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The Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, has informed that the has identified local funds to revive the stalled Project.

The project, initially estimated at €68 million, will now proceed with the same scope of work but at a reduced cost of €50 million.

Mr Agyemang-Manu disclosed this information during a parliamentary session on Tuesday, where he provided an overview of the events leading to the demolition and subsequent delays in commencing the La General Hospital Project.

The hospital was demolished in July 2020 due to severe structural issues reported by the administration.

President Nana Addo Dankwa inaugurated the Hospital Redevelopment Project on August 10, 2020, but construction had yet to commence.

In response to the delay, President Akufo-Addo directed the Ministers of , Health, and Finance to find alternative funding sources to resume the project.

Through collaborative efforts, Mr Agyemang-Manu revealed, “the Minister of Finance has now identified funds locally to continue the project with the same simple work scope but a reviewed price of 50 million Euros.”

He assured Parliament that processes were underway for the contractor's payment, and work would commence promptly.

“The Project consultants and the Ministry's technical Team have met with the contractors to draw up a roadmap for the continuation of the Project once the funds are received,” the Health Minister stated.

He added that the contractor pledged to remobilize to the site within a week of receiving the funds.

Mr Agyemang-Manu reiterated the commitment to completing the project within the originally envisaged 24-month duration.

However, some members of the criticized the Minister for not providing clear timelines for the project's resumption.

In response, Mr Agyemang-Manu defended the government's actions, denying any intention to deceive the public.

“We don't intend to deceive anybody, we don't, we pulled down the building with good intentions…but I am very sure that we will work to give La the hospital that La deserves,” he affirmed.

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