President Akufo-Addo cuts sod for €68 million La General Hospital redevelopment project

President Akufo-Addo cuts sod for €68 million La General Hospital redevelopment project

In a significant move towards enhancing healthcare infrastructure, President Nana Addo Dankwa has officially initiated the commencement of the Redevelopment Project.

The sod-cutting ceremony, held on Tuesday, August 10, 2020, marks the beginning of a transformative project aimed at addressing structural deficiencies and improving healthcare services in the region.

President Akufo-Addo highlighted that the decision to redevelop the hospital was prompted by a report from the , revealing structural issues in the existing five-storey structure, rendering it unfit for use.

Additionally, the unorganized layout of the hospital campus necessitated a reorganization to optimize efficiency as a modern healthcare facility.

The President emphasized the government's commitment to achieving Universal Health Coverage for all Ghanaians, irrespective of their location.

He stated, “This facility, in so many ways, complements the Greater Regional Hospital at Ridge, and its upgrading will serve most people from Osu through La and Teshie, as well as residents living along the coastal corridor of Accra.”

The redevelopment project, funded by a €68 million credit facility from Bank of the with an export credit guarantee from Sinosure of , will be executed by the experienced Chinese company, Poly Changda.

The transformed hospital will boast 160 beds and include essential facilities such as outpatient and inpatient departments, maternity and neonatal services, a surgical unit, and emergency department, a public health department, a pharmacy unit, a laboratory, an administration, an imaging area, physiotherapy unit, and a mortuary.

President Akufo-Addo assured that concurrent with construction efforts, measures are being implemented to ensure the availability of skilled healthcare personnel. “Upon my assumption of office in 2017, we started recruiting doctors, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and other support staff,” he stated.

He added, “As at July this year, Government has recruited ninety thousand, six hundred and ninety-six (90,696) permanent and temporary healthcare workers. Out of the total employed, twenty-nine thousand, five hundred and eighteen (29,518) are temporary staff, whilst the remaining sixty-one thousand, one hundred and seventy-eight (61,178) are permanent.”

The President concluded by assuring local Chiefs that the project signifies positive developments for La and the entire nation, emphasizing the government's unwavering commitment to Ghana's overall progress. He expressed optimism for a future commissioning ceremony upon project completion.

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