The Member of Parliament for the Effutu in the Central Region, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has disclosed that work is currently underway on the construction of a children’s hospital at Gyangyanadze to take care of the health needs of children.
The hospital project, according to him, is expected to be completed this year, and would be the first of its kind in the region and the nation as a whole.
Mr Afenyo-Markin, who is also the Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, disclosed this when he handed over projects worth GH¢2 million to the Winneba Vocational Training Institute.
The construction of the children’s hospital, which is being funded by the MP, will add on to the already two existing health facilities in the area, which are the Municipal and Trauma and Specialist hospitals.
“This major project, when completed, will take care of the medical conditions of children in the constituency and adjoining communities who are often referred to other hospitals to receive medical care,” he said.
He stated that the new hospital facility would provide medical services to children with all manner of diseases that are often referred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and other health facilities.
He explained that the objective is to put a stop to the situation where children with medical conditions in Winneba and its environs are often referred to other hospitals because they cannot be treated at health facilities in the town.
“It is sad to note that sometimes children referred to other hospitals die in transit. It is therefore important to end such preventable deaths of children in the area,” he lamented.
“My vision as MP for the area is to have a state-of-the-art hospital which will be dedicated to the provision of medical care to only children so as to reduce the pressure on the already existing facilities,” he said.
Other ongoing projects
He announced the completion of three community day Senior High Schools (SHSs) at Essuekyir, Ateitu and New Winneba, saying they would reduce the pressure on the Winneba Secondary School.
Mr Afenyo-Markin said “if students would have to travel long distances to access secondary education due to the unavailability of community day SHSs, and parents would have to pay so much for hostels due to lack of space, then there is a problem.”
He stated that work was also ongoing for the construction of a new high court building, offices for the Ghana Revenue Authority, National Health Insurance Scheme and a new Fire Service Station in the municipality.
“All completed and ongoing projects are intended to lay a solid foundation towards industrialising the constituency. These projects are support systems towards creating an enabling environment for private sector growth in the area,” he stressed.