• Boost for healthcare

    Boost for healthcare

    The Ghanaian government has secured US$100 million in initial funding in its drive to build more hospitals across the country.

    The project, dubbed ‘Agenda 111’, covers the construction of 101 district, seven regional and two specialist hospitals in the country’s central and northern belts, as well as the renovation of the Effia-Nkwanta regional hospital, in Takoradi in the Western Region.

    The funding is through the Ghana Investment Infrastructure Fund (GIIF).

    Information Minister Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah says the project aims to provide better-quality healthcare at district level and improve access to health services. In addition, each hospital will provide accommodation for doctors, nurses and other health workers. ‘It’s the largest healthcare-infrastructure project ever taken in the history of Ghana since independence,’ he says.

    Sites and land titles for 88 of the 101 district hospitals have already been secured. Each district facility will cost US$17 million. Construction at each site is expected to be completed within one year of its starting date.

    Each facility will offer outpatient, consultation, ophthalmology, dental, physiotherapy and imaging services.

    17 August 2021
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