Access to to healthcare in Dome and its environs has been given a boost following the inauguration of the 100-bed Ga-East District Hospital by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo ABC News can report.
The hospital, which is the second to be commissioned under the Ghana Hospital Project initiated by the Former President Kufuor’s Government in 2008 and executed by EUROGET De-Invest S.A of Egypt, will serve residents of Dome, Kwabenya, Ashongman and surrounding communities.
The hospital is fitted with modern medical equipment, and designed with several departments including an administration block, out-patient department (OPD), physiotherapy unit, pharmacy, radiology unit, laboratory, surgical suite, emergency & casualty Unit, amongst others.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo urged the leadership of the facility to maintain its condition through constant and periodic maintenance to avoid wastage of the national purse.
“This hospital has been long-awaited in Ga-East, and it is good that today, the demand for a district hospital of quality has been realised. Residents and surrounding health facilities in Ashongman, Dome, Haatso, Kwabenya and Madina will now gain access to improved healthcare from the Ga-East Hospital.
“This edifice has been put at great cost to our nation, and we should be in the position, some ten years down the line, to see it still in good condition. It should not fall in the ways in which several institutions like this in Ghana have gone. The leadership of this facility must set the example for its periodic and constant maintenance,” he said.
The President commended EUROGET for completing the hospital a month ahead of schedule, and urged them to do same with the other projects in Tepa, Twifo Praso, Konongo, Salaga, Nsawkaw and Kumasi Sewua.
He further assured Ghanaians that his government is committed to improving access to essential and quality health services through the provision of the necessary health infrastructure, equipment and logistics, including the deployment of appropriate technology as part of the country’s drive to attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Regarding the various health interventions that have been introduced since the inception of his administration, the President stated that progress has been made in the area of drug delivery through the drone delivery system, Fly Zipline, noting that over 1,000 flights have been made which has delivered over 5,000 products to selected areas.
“We are delivering essential medical health products through the use of drones, and, just within the past five months of its operations, I am told over one-thousand (1,000) flights have been made from the first site in Omenako, with over five thousand (5,000) products delivered.
“We are also leveraging the use of technology, with some of our healthcare facilities, before the end of the year, going paperless. We have deployed an electronic platform for logistics management information systems for the distribution of drug and non-drug commodities in the country,” the President said.
He noted that the National Health Insurance Scheme, “which was left in ruins” by the NDC, has been resuscitated again by another NPP-led Government, adding that “we have cleared the GH¢1.2 billion arrears we inherited and brought the operations of the NHIS back to life. We have also launched the policy of mobile renewal of NHIS membership”.
The “Ghana Hospital Project” involves the design, construction and equipping of one (1) Military Hospital, two (2) Regional Hospitals, and six (6) District Hospitals in Ghana, at a cost of US$339 million, and will deliver eight hundred and ten (810) beds. It falls under the broader objective of providing infrastructure for the delivery of effective healthcare to the citizenry.
The first hospital to be completed and commissioned under the ‘Ghana Hospital Project’ was the Upper West Regional Hospital which was commissioned on 18th August 2019 in Wa.