President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to cut sod for the commencement of the government’s ‘Agenda 111’ hospital projects tomorrow.
The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who disclosed this at a press briefing yesterday, said the President would observe the commencement of works at Trede, in the Ashanti Region, with contractors in other districts also expected to commence works afterwards.
He said the ‘Agenda 111’ is programmed to take 12 months to complete from commencement of each unit, with a funding of $100 million from government, through the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF).
The project is part of a grand vision for Ghana’s healthcare sector by the Akufo-Addo administration. The realization of the project will ensure that 101 outstanding districts will be provided with hospitals, in addition to 10 selected regional and specialized hospitals.
The project is budgeted at nearly $17 million for each of the district and specialized hospitals. Funding for the construction of the six new regional hospitals have also been sought under an Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) arrangement.
The Minister said the construction of the 111 hospitals will lead to Ghana becoming a centre of medical excellence and a destination for medical tourism in the West African sub-region.
“The project is expected to deepen healthcare delivery at all district levels, and ensure that the Ghanaian can access high quality healthcare at all district levels.
“It will also provide thousands of jobs for the healthcare staff to be recruited and posted to all these 111 facilities as well as their ancillary workers in these communities. The housing and local services associated with these projects are also expected to add a new layer to local economic activities in service of the local communities,” he stated.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah called on all and sundry, especially the local beneficiary communities, traditional leaders, youth and all actors in the local health sector to rally behind the agenda and give their full support as government rolls out the project.