President of the republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, August 11, 2020 cut sod for the construction of a 400-bed maternity block and a 110-bed Urology centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The new centres are expected to help reduce maternal and neonatal deaths in the country which is a step forward towards achieving universal health coverage.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, President Akufo-Addo noted that: “Government has secured an amount of 145 million euros from Standard Chartered Bank to cover the cost of the project with an export credit guarantee with Swedish export credit towards the reconstruction of the maternity block.”
According to him, once completed the 400-bed Maternity Block facility, “will contribute to addressing the persistent challenges of high maternal and child health morbidity and mortality in Ghana” and “also accelerate our progress towards the achievement of the SDGs through enhanced access to quality maternal and child health services.”
The President added that the project has an insurance cover of some 19 million euros and will be constructed through a joint venture.
The 12-storey maternity block when completed will boast a complete functional package with the delivery of maternal services with the following components – 400-bed capacity, 20 labour delivery room, 100 seater waiting area, 26 recovery wards, 18 treatment rooms, 24 consulting rooms, seven theatres, IVF services, accommodation for new mothers, 32 seater restaurant with a preparation area and an emergency unit.
This will make Korle Bu, the first public hospital to deliver IVF services in the country.
“The two (2) storey Urology and Nephrology Centre will have a thirty-one (31) suite dialysis station for persons with kidney disorders, and seventy (70) beds for genito-urinary patients. The Centre will also provide out-patient services, and serve as a resource base to conduct research into urology and nephrology cases,” he said.
The President was optimistic that the construction of these facilities at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital will put the hospital “in a strong position to give meaning to medical tourism services to neighbouring countries, thereby increasing its revenue base to expand services.”