President Akufo-Addo inspects Sawua hospital project

BY: Daniel Kenu
President Akufo-Addo (2nd from right) in a chat with Dr Said Deraz (right), Chairman of Euroget Group,  during the visit to the Sawua Hospital. With them is Nana Amankwaa Sarkordie II (2nd from left), the Sawuahene
President Akufo-Addo (2nd from right) in a chat with Dr Said Deraz (right), Chairman of Euroget Group, during the visit to the Sawua Hospital. With them is Nana Amankwaa Sarkordie II (2nd from left), the Sawuahene

Poor access road and the lack of utility services could delay the inauguration of the 250-bed Ashanti Regional Hospital sited at Sawua in the Bosomtwe District, engineers working on the project have warned.

The absence of power and water from non-backup sources and telephone infrastructure, in addition to the bumpy and dusty access road, which currently does not have the complementary drainage system, appear to detract from the decent physical infrastructure and the careful layout of the facility.

Otherwise, the main physical infrastructure and the installation of equipment are almost done.

The project is said to be about 98 per cent complete and tentatively scheduled to be handed over by November this year, but currently runs on what were intended to be backup power plant and water system.

The engineers said the undone 1.2-kilometre access road and the complementary drainage system were also delaying the completion of a final component of the sewerage treatment system.

 An aerial view of the hospital

The Site Engineer, Mr Amer Farouk Mahmaoud Amer, made the disclosure when he joined the Chairman of Euroget De-Invest, Dr Said Deraz, to usher President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo around the facility yesterday as part of his tour of the region.

Euroget De-Invest, an Egyptian investment company, is constructing the hospital and eight others for government across the country.

Mr Farouk said even if the project was handed over today, accessing the facility would be difficult.

The President is on a four-day tour of the region, and yesterday's visit of the hospital site was part of the inspection of a number of projects, including the Bosomtwe and Ohwiamase-Twedie roads.

The facility has 43 medical and non-medical buildings, a 60-kilometre internal road network, 10 theatres, dental, orthopaedic, urology and andrology specialist clinics, and a 36-body capacity mortuary.

It also has a 20-unit staff accommodation, a 150-car park, an ambulance station, and housing for lactating mothers, with the infrastructure sited on a 12,500 square-metre area.

It is equipped with sophisticated machines that will enable it to also serve as a referral centre, with the laboratories, pharmacies and other complementary services making it a complete healthcare service destination.