When the novel coronavirus pandemic broke out in Ghana on March 12, 2020, with two imported cases, some Ghanaian business executives in response to the clarion call from President Akufo-Addo set up the COVID-19 Private Sector Fund initiative to help government fight the pandemic.
Managers of the COVID-19 Private Sector Fund at the start of the project intended to only construct a 100-bed isolation centre but a decision was later taken to make the facility an infectious disease, treatment and isolation centre in the wake of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
To fast-track the project, the COVID-19 Private Sector Fund employed the services of the Engineering Division of the Ghana Armed Forces to construct the facility to treat COVID-19 patients in the country.
Following that, the over 300 military men who commenced the project in April have selflessly been working hard and running in between shifts to ensure the project is completed on time.
ABC News, taking a tour at the 100-bed infectious disease, treatment and isolation centre to inspect the progress realised the military men, in spite of the challenges and dangers involved, work on a 12-hour shift daily to see the project actualised.
Speaking to the Project Manager of the COVID-19 100-bed Infectious Disease, Isolation and Treatment Centre, Lt Col A.B. Tekyi expressed the devotion of the military men and sacrifices they are making for the country.
According to him, construction has never been put to hold as they work 24 hours a day on the 12-hour shift system. He explained that although a bus carries the workers home, some of the military men choose to sleep at the facility due to their commitment to ensuring the project is completed at the speculated time.
He disclosed that, “The military is also doing transportation, we have two huge buses of 50-capacity each that transport the workers back and front. It rotates every day…apart from that the military has storage facilities which has to do with the tentage. So where the workers sleep, we’ve actually put up tents to accommodate them.”
Speaking on the challenges, Col Tekyi said the weather greatly affects construction as it slows their work pace.
He further noted that although they have recorded injuries, they are not fatal. Also, the workers are insured with a medical cover and medic teams are on the site 24/7 in case of any emergency.
Col Tekyi revealed that the commissioning of the 100-bed infectious centre will be held next week, with the date yet to be disclosed.
He also called on Ghanaians to help the COVID-19 Private Sector Fund by donating GHC10 or more to the crowdfunding initiative launched with the aim to raise money to complete its flagship project across the country.
The #10GhanaChallenge is a social media campaign where after making a donation of GHC10, each donor is urged to produce a short video clip to announce their contribution and then nominate some friends to each to contribute ¢10 towards the project.
Contributors can donate by dialling the short code 718*25*219# on all networks.
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