A Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Bernard Okoe-Boye, on Friday cut sod for the construction of New Juaben North District Hospital, at Jumapo, and Kwahu East District Hospital, at Kwahu-Nkwantia, both in the Eastern Region.
The two 40-bed hospitals will be constructed over a period of 30 months by Vamed Construction Limited as part of government’s initiative to construct 11 40-bed hospitals in Ashanti, Eastern, and Greater Accra regions, and one polyclinic in the Bono Region, under the ‘Agenda 111’, at a cost of 70 million euros.
Access to healthcare
Speaking at a short ceremony to break grounds for the commencement of construction works, Dr Okoe-Boye said the spread of health infrastructure across the country is to afford the public free and easy access to primary healthcare and to ease pressure on major and frequent serving hospitals.
He said the many health projects will also open up for the employment of health workers such as nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists, among others.
“This government has demonstrated clearly that the health needs of its people are a major concern to its political administration. It has therefore employed more nurses into the system to reduce the burden on accessibility,” he said.
Adding his voice, the Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour, mentioned that the Akufo-Addo-led-government is focused on serving the public and to raise the health and wealth status of the citizenry.
The Regional Minister added that the fast rate of expansion in health infrastructure and service delivery in the country by the government is unmatched.
“There’s no sector that has been left untouched since this government took over. But it’s more concerned on education and health because they are the basics for the development of any country. Quality and good health facilities give comfort and guarantees good health,” he stated.