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Work on 100-bed Madina District Hospital in advanced stage

Author: Ken Osei Mintah
 Aerial view of the Madina District Hospital at Kwabenya. Insert: A site Engineer, Mr Sydney Nii Adjei Sowah (left), briefing the Daily Graphic on progress made
Aerial view of the Madina District Hospital at Kwabenya. Insert: A site Engineer, Mr Sydney Nii Adjei Sowah (left), briefing the Daily Graphic on progress made

Work on a new 100-bed capacity health facility at Kwabenya to help increase access to health care in the Greater Accra Region is nearing completion.

The new facility, known as the Madina District Hospital, is being constructed by Euroget De-Invest s.a (EDI) of Egypt, an Egyptian investment company.

The hospital will serve communities in and around Madina, Kwabenya, Adenta and beyond to save the residents of these areas from travelling longer distances to seek medical care.

It is part of the nine hospitals being built across the country by EDI for the government.

Facility

The multi-million-dollar facility built on a 130,000 square metre land has departments such as Administration, Maintenance, Operation Theatres, Emergency and Casualty Departments, Physiotherapy, Water Treatment Plant, a Mini-market, and a security post.

It also encompasses an Out Patient Department, Laboratory and Blood Bank, a Delivery Suite, In-patient Ward, Staff Dinning, an Outdoor Cooking and Preparation area, Power Station, Maintenance Department, Laundry, Mother’s Housing, Mortuary, among others.

Visit

When a delegation comprising some officials from EDI and Engineers visited the site to inspect the progress at the facility, a number of contractors were busy putting finishing touches to the work there to meet the deadline for the project.

Checks by the Daily Graphic revealed that work was about 85 per cent complete.

The Country Manager of EDI, Mr Prince Amah said contrary to public perception that the work had come to a standstill, the contractors were still on site to ensure that the facility was completed on  time.

According to him, there were some initial challenges  which slowed the progress of the project and indicated that those challenges had been addressed for work to continue uninterrupted.

While appreciating the country for its patience, he gave an assurance that that the project would be completed on schedule.

Timelines

The Resident Engineer Mr Amer Farouk Mahmoud said the project would be fully completed by the end of the year.

“We are working assiduously to complete the project by end of this year” he said.

He said the project was at the installation stage where all the finishing work and other medical equipment were being installed.

“We have about 800 metres of walk ways joining the building together and we are almost done with the roads, we just have to finish with the top layers of it” he added.

A site Engineer, Mr Sydney Nii Adjei Sowah told the Daily Graphic that some of the equipment to facilitate the project such as the air condition pumps, operation room pumps and pendants have already been installed.

“Most of the other equipment arte right here on site waiting to be installed” he said.

Background

In 2007, Euroget De-Invest s.a (EDI) of Egypt, an Egyptian investment company, with special expertise in structuring and arranging project finance and investment initiatives, entered Ghana and prospected for social infrastructural projects, specifically hospitals.

The project involved the construction of nine state-of-the-art fully functional hospitals including a 500-bed military hospital, two regional hospitals in Wa and Kumasi, and six district hospitals at Salaga, Twifo Praso, Madina (now at Atomic/Kwabenya), Konongo, Nsawkaw and Tepa.

The nine hospitals involved the Ministries of Health (eight hospitals) and Defence (one military hospital in Kumasi) Euroget De-Invest went through the regulatory processes and procured the contract, after processing the same through the various ministries, Cabinet and Parliamentary approvals in 2008. Further, commercial and supplier credit agreements were signed in 2008.