The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has inaugurated the Tain District Hospital at Nsawkaw in the Bono Region to usher locals into the safety of advanced medical care.
The 60-bed facility, worth $36.6 million, is expected to serve up to 10,000 people in the surrounding communities.
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With four operating theatres covering different specialties, a radiology department equipped with ultrasound, echocardiography, and x-ray machines, and a laboratory, it is also to serve as a referral center for cases from the non-sophisticated health care facilities in the area.
The district hospital also has a dental clinic, as well as cardiology, ophthalmology, pediatric, gynecology, and orthopedic departments for outpatient services, and 15 units of staff accommodation.
It has 1.2 kilometers of internal roads and 600 meters of covered walkways.
The inauguration of the Tain District Hospital brings to four the number of hospital projects completed Euro get De-Invest out of nine awarded to the Egyptian investment company.
The Egyptian investment company has already delivered the Wa Regional Hospital in the Upper West Region, the Ga East Municipal Hospital at Kwabenya in the Greater Accra Region, and the Ahafo Ano North Municipal Hospital at Tepa in the Ashanti Region.
The ceremony — graced traditional leaders, political appointees, health workers, faithful of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), among others — was a celebration of what had been a rarity and a luxury for the modest environs of Nsawkaw.
It was preceded the President’s tour of the facility as he was ushered around some of the modern installations the Vice-Chairman of the Euro get Group, Mr. Emad Deraz, with an excited entourage of traditional rulers, ministers of state, and other political appointees in tow.
President Akufo-Addo said the government would ensure that every part of the country received a fair share of the state’s resources through a fair distribution of infrastructure and other tangible and non-tangible projects.
He said Nsawkaw, like other parts of the country, had contributed to national development through particularly agricultural production, and the people were, therefore, deserving of a hospital of that standard.
The President said he was impressed with the cooperation between the government, through its relevant agencies, and the contractor, Euro get De-Invest, stressing that the rapport had yielded tangible deliveries of the expected standards.
He charged the hospital management and the Ghana Health Service to develop a maintenance regime that would sustain and prolong the lifespan of the facilities and installations at the hospital.
The Minister of Health, Mr. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, said health remained a priority sector for the government, a commitment that would be demonstrated through similar provisions across the country.
He urged the people to observe all relevant protocols to avoid COVID-19 and the projected second wave of the pandemic in the country in order not to undermine the government’s handling of the situation.
The Omanhene of Nsawkaw Traditional Area, Daasebre Okogyeaman Duodu Ampem II, expressed gratitude to the government for the hospital, saying it was an example of development in the area.
He, however, appealed to the government to construct a market for the people and to absorb the youth who offered labor services during the construction of the hospital into full-time employment.
Euro get Group Vice-Chairman, Mr. Deraz, thanked the government for the support Euro get De-Invest had received in its work in the country.
Mr. Emad Deraz — standing in for his father, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Euro get Group, Dr. Said Deraz — said a fifth hospital was ready and invited the President to the inauguration of the Twifo Praso District Hospital in the Central Region at the President’s earliest convenience.
China Railway No. 5 Engineering Company Ghana Limited and Safetech Company Limited were among the sub-contractors for the project.
Euro get De-Invest will maintain a visible presence at the hospital to provide remedial works on building structures during the defects liability period, warranty maintenance of medical equipment for 12 months after handing over, and post-warranty maintenance of medical equipment for a further 24 months when the warranty period expires.
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