The Government of the Republic Ghana under the presidency of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for the commencement of the first phase of Agenda 111 Districts and Regional Hospitals across the country which has been described as the biggest ever investment in the nation’s healthcare sector.
DATE OF CUTTING SOD
On Tuesday, 17th August 2021, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cuts the sod for the commencement of Agenda 111 Hospitals at Trede, in the Atwima Kwanwoma District of the Ashanti Region.
BREAKDOWN OF THE HOSPITALS
1. DISTRICT HOSPITALS
According to reports available to Coverghana.com.gh, a total of one hundred and one (101) District Hospitals is expected to be built across the Country.
2. SPECIALIZED HOSPITALS
Report from the Ministry of Health as announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said, two (2) Specialized Hospitals will be constructed for the Middle and Northern belt.
3. REGIONAL HOSPITALS
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government led by President Nana Addo has announced construction of six (6) new Regional Hospitals for the newly created six (6) Regions and one (1) extra regional hospital for the Western Region.
REDEVELOPMENT AND RENOVATION OF HOSPITALS
According to the President, his government will continue redevelopment of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital and renovation of the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital under this programme.
ACQUISITION OF SITES FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOSPITALS
As of 17th August, 2021, the government of Ghana has secured a total of eighty-eight (88) out of the one hundred and one (101) sites identified for the commencement of work on the construction of the District Hospitals.
The President reassured that the acquisition of the remaining thirteen (13) sites will be completed shortly for work to begin.
DURATION FOR THE COMPLETION OF PROJECTS
The projects, as announced by the President, are scheduled to be executed within eighteen (18) months period of commencement. Thus, from the commencement of works by every contractor on site, government is hoping to complete all projects 17th February 2023 (18 month period from 17th August, 2021).
“At the moment, government has secured sites for 88 of these districts, across the nation, and therefore deems it favorable to commence the project. Each site would encompass a 15-acre parcel of land. ” The President disclosed.
CAPACITY OF THE HOSPITALS
According to the existing report, the project is to deliver a standard 100 bed facility at each district. However, some districts would not get a 100 bed facility, due to exigencies.
COST OF EACH HOSPITAL
Coverghana.com.gh can report that, each District Hospital is expected to cost the state (Government of Ghana) US$16.88 million, that is US$12.88 million for construction and US$4 million for medical equipment. All the hospitals are to be completed in eighteen (18) months. Work will commence on the regional and other hospitals in the latter part of the year. Government through the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) has raised a seed funding of 100million USD for the commencement of the projects.
Government has undertaken to commit three budget cycles to the project. Meaning, funds for the execution would be provided from the next three budget years, beginning with this current year.
FOCUS AREAS OF THE AGENDA 111 HOSPITALS
1. The project is geared at deepening healthcare delivery at all district levels and ensure that the Ghanaian can access high quality healthcare.
2. 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.
3. 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.
PROPOSED DEPARTMENT OF THE HOSPITALS
These modern, fully equipped state-of-the-art hospitals, according to the President, will have facilities for outpatient services, including consultation facilities for medical and surgical cases, ophthalmology and dental services, a physiotherapy unit, maternal and child health unit, public health unit, four (4) state of the art surgical theatres for maternity, obs and gynae, accident and emergency, and for general surgery and imaging facilities.
In addition, each hospital will have the full complement of male, female, paediatric and isolation wards. Provision has made for support facilities, which will include a kitchen, laundry, sterilisation department, mortuary, energy centre, maintenance department, and staff accommodation for doctors, nurses and other health workers.
CONSORTIUM FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOSPITALS
The president further explained that a consortium, comprising some twenty (20) Ghanaian consulting firms, made up of architects, civil, structural, electrical and mechanical engineers, quantity surveyors, bio-medical engineers, and other technical teams, have designed these hospitals to reflect the nation’s unique domestic requirements
He added that, they will also supervise the construction of these hospitals, which will be built by some two hundred and fifty (250) domestic contractors, and maintained by domestic facility management professionals, as part of Government’s policy of developing domestic capability in the building and construction sectors of the economy. This will, undoubtedly, help retain most of the money in the country, to engender further investment in the economy.
According the President, the projects, once completed, will provide job opportunities for some twenty thousand (20,000) health professionals, and, thus, enable the Ministry of Health recruit more doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals.
In addition to these, there will be many indirect jobs for residents in the local economy, for example, for persons who will sell food, drinks, hospital consumables to the hospital, its staff, patients and visitors. Nana Addo said, he is confident that this important investment will have a positive impact on many lives and livelihoods in the respective communities.
OTHER INVESTMENTS MADE IN KEY HOSPITALS
Nana Addo disclosed that, investments were made at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra to build a new four hundred-bed Maternity and Gynaecology Block, and a new one hundred-bed Urology and Nephrology Centre of Excellence. Government will build on this foundation, and include two additional projects, currently in the planning stage, namely, the Trauma and Acute Pain Centre and a new Surgical Services Block with modern in-patient facilities. These major investments in the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital will contribute to its transformation into a modern world-class teaching hospital,” he said.
He again said, further investments are being made at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, beginning with the new five hundred and fifty (550) bed Maternity and Children Block. Specialized centres for infectious diseases, orthopaedics, cancer treatment, cardiovascular health, specialist eyecare, amongst others, will be assigned to some of the Regional Hospitals, including those to be constructed under Agenda 111.”
Whilst upgrading these facilities, he stated that Government will invest in medical education and training of the nation’s health personnel, including expanding the use of IT for medical diagnosis and treatment in the Agenda 111 healthcare facilities being developed.
This network of primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities, he stressed, will form the backbone of the vision to make Ghana the leading health care destination in West Africa.
GHANA MEDICAL CORPS
It is envisioned, under a Public Private Partnership, that the Ghana Medical Corps, a volunteer corps of medical specialists which will tap into the skills and resources of Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians locally and abroad, using IT and telemedicine to support the delivery of health care and training, will be established by 2023. This will offer, in particular, to Ghanaian medical experts resident outside Ghana, the opportunity to give back to their motherland in ways that will support and expand healthcare delivery.
All these programmes, collectively, according to the President, will position Ghana as a leading medical travel destination in West Africa, with the potential to add some two billion dollars (US$2billion) to the nation’s GDP by 2030, and, in the process, create some fifty thousand (50,000) jobs in the sector.
KEY NOTES FROM PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO
President Akufo-Addo has described the Agenda 111 as a “Ghana First” agenda, which has been carefully thought through to inspire activity and growth in various sectors of the economy, and help also bring jobs to the youth.
With all hospitals being of a standard design, the President noted that the execution of Agenda 111 will require significant domestic inputs, which will give impetus to private sector investments into the “One-District-One-Factory” policy.
West Africa’s medical Hub Beyond the building of these new healthcare facilities, President Akufo-Addo indicated that his vision is to help make Ghana the Centre of Excellence for Medical Care in West Africa by 2030, leveraging on Ghana’s favourable status in the Region as the most peaceful country in West Africa, a beacon of democracy on the continent, and a land of opportunities.
“This we will achieve by investing more in the development of our healthcare infrastructure, mapping our regional health facilities to specialisations, as well as upgrading selected facilities in our regional and teaching hospitals into world class standards. India and South Africa have shown the way in this regard,” he stressed.
To this end, President Akufo-Addo explained that, during his first term in office, a programme to revitalise health care infrastructure in Ghana’s premier hospitals was put in place.