The Kumasi Military Hospital, currently under construction, will be ready for use in 2017, contractors working on the project have said. Works on the facility began a little over a year ago.
Mr Islam Sharawy, Resident Manager of Euroget De-Invest s.a of Egypt, the contractors working on the project, said construction works would be completed in 2016 while fixing of medical equipment would be concluded in 2017.
On a tour of the project site, the Daily Graphic was informed by officials of the construction company that so far about 40 per cent of building works had been completed.
The 500-bed hospital, a multi-million dollar project by the Government of Ghana which is situated at Afari, a town between Kumasi and Nkawie, would go to boost the country’s healthcare system when it becomes operational.
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The hospital is situated on a 260,000 square metres of land and will become the second military hospital in Ghana after the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
The hospital would serve the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions, as well as neighbouring countries, and would facilitate medical evacuation from the northern sector to the 37 Military Hospital. It would also shorten the journey from locations in the northern parts of the country to Kumasi.
The Kumasi Military Hospital would also help reduce the pressure on the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
Among facilities to be provided as part of the project are housing for staff, a mini-market, shops and an Officers’ Mess.
The hospital will have several parking areas with a capacity for accommodating 672 cars and 16 buses . This is in addition to a helipad that will be built at the western side of the hospital.
The contractors are confident of delivering the project on schedule and as one that the nation would be proud of.
A number of buildings which are part of the structures in the hospital have reached considerable stages of construction. Among the buildings that have been put up are the administration block, the outpatients department, a dental clinic and pharmacy department among others.
So far, more than 1,800 jobs will be created in the construction phase between 2014 and 2016.
A large number of the people engaged on the project are from Afari and surrounding communities.