The Ellembele District Assembly, in the Western Region, has cut sod for expansion works to begin on the 60-year old St Martin De Pores hospital at Eikwe, a predominantly fishing community in the district, built by the Catholic Church.
The GHC14,000 project is being financed by Ghana National Petroleum Corporation as part of its corporate social investment strategy, and is an outcome of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Corporation and the Assembly.
Contract for the expansion works was awarded to Messrs Ausbuild Construction Limited with prior approval by the Public Procurement Authority.
It is scheduled to be executed within 12 calendar months.
On completion, the facility will be upgraded from its current status as primary healthcare centre to a teaching hospital.
The sod cutting ceremony was performed on Monday, October 19, by Kwasi Bonzoh, District Chief Executive for the area, in the presence of some opinion leaders in the community, stakeholders, GNPC officials, the hospital’s administration and assembly staff as well as Nana Kofi Amihere II, a divisional chief of Eikwe.
Quality health care
In a brief remark, Kwasi Bonzoh, who is also the NPP Parliamentary candidate for the area, said plans are underway to furnish the upgraded hospital with modern medical equipment after the expansion works.
Mr Bonzoh said the move forms part of measures by the government to provide quality health care service to all Ghanaians irrespective of where they find themselves.
The DCE also spoke of plans by the government to undertake more projects in the community during its second term, urging the residents to massively vote for President Akufo-Addo and him.