The President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has inspected a 100-bed capacity District Hospital at Atomic in the Ga East Municipality. The inspection was part of his “Accounting to the People” tour of the Greater Accra Region.
Scores of people including traditional leaders, Assembly Members, Assembly and Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) officials and party faithful as well as the citizenry of the Ga East Municipality converged at the construction site of the 100-bed capacity district hospital at Atomic to welcome His Excellency, the President, John Dramani Mahama.
Among the dignitaries in the entourage of the President were the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo and his Deputy, Hon. Isaac Nii Djanmah Vanderpuye, Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Hon Enoch Teye Mensah and Regional Executive of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
After exchanging pleasantries with the chiefs, officials and the teaming party faithful, the President was briefed about the progress of work by the engineers of EUROGET DE-INVEST S.A, the company working on the project.
The ultra-modern health facility, which is among Seven (7) District Hospitals being constructed by the government, will comprise Out Patient Departments, theaters, adjunct clinical service, accidental and emergency unit, in-patient services, maternity, mortuary, stores, and 110 staff housing units among others.
In a brief message to the gathering, President John Mahama noted that the facility was originally intended for Madina but owing to unavailability of space, it was relocated to Atomic in the Ga East Municipality.
He stated that the project formed part of his administrations aim of improving the quality of healthcare delivery in the country adding that the facility will serve people both within and out of the municipality.
President Mahama again stressed his commitment towards job creation and cited the hundreds of people from the municipality who have benefited directly and indirectly from job and business opportunities created as a result of the construction of the hospital as one of the numerous efforts by his administration in this direction.
According to the President, the various hospital projects are expected to employ about 15,000 nurses.
“One thing about this hospital is that in the construction phase it is providing employment (for artisans) and after the construction, people will be employed including doctors, nurses and others”, he explained.
He announced that 6,000 beds and other equipment will be procured before the completion of the Hospital project to make it function to full capacity.
The President seized the opportunity to express concern about the recent hikes in electricity tariffs and explained that several factors including low generation of power from the hydro dams, which he said is the cheapest relative to the other sources of generation, were causes of the situation.
He assured of speedy resolution to the situation indicating that the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce formed to investigate the situation had finished its work and been looked into at the Cabinet level and urged Ghanaians to exercise patience as the situation was been addressed.
“From first July we will start a new billing cycle and I’m sure that a lot of us begin to see some relief to all ghanaians”, President Mahama stated.
The President was conducted round the facility by the project engineers to enable him to be abreast with the physical structural progress of the project.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. John Kwao Sackey, thanked the President for his vision and commitment towards the social-economic advancement of the people in his municipality.
President Mahama is expected to return to the municipality to commission the new Community Day Senior High School project, which is nearing completion, in about two month’s time.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman