A 500-bed military hospital at Afari in the Ashanti region would be completed by December 2018, engineers have assured.
90 percent of work at the site had been completed awaiting procurement of medical equipments underway.
Contrary to earlier media reports that work had stalled, our checks revealed workers and engineers were on site Saturday April 28 morning.
This, according to project manager, Islam Sharawy, was part of efforts to fast track and complete work by December 2018.
Project Manager, Islam Sharawy assured Ghanaians of quality work within the next few months.
He debunked claims that, work on site was stalled, adding, “Progress of work is far advanced.”
Sharawy said, even though they were working more hours to be able to deliver in good time, they would not compromise on quality, as standards were checked at all stages to ensure that they met the required levels.
The nation’s second largest military health facility was at the roofing stage with some of the structures already roofed while engineers were working on the rest.
According to engineers, the delay in the completion of the hospital was as a result of tax exception which was approved by parliament on December 22, 2016.
Encroachment of the hospital’s land was another issue, according to engineers on the site.
The Administrative Manager of Euroget De-Invest, contractors of the project, Mr. Baba Anaba, urged Ghanaians not to play politics with the project as they were all out to deliver quality work by December 2018.
He expressed disappointment in section of Ghanaians who paint an awful picture of the project for their own interests.
Mr. Anaba said, “This project belongs to all Ghanaians and so, we should not let politics destroy what had been done so far.”
When completed, the hospital would employ many health professionals, as well as others for auxiliary duties, not to mention the indirect jobs it would create.
Mr Anaba mentioned the laundry services, catering, transportation, schools, accommodation, among other services, that would be provided on completion of the project, and added that it was a plus for the community and the nation in general.
He noted that the project was a turnkey one and Euroget was expected to provide all the structures and undertake the fittings, with cutting-edge technology to place the military hospital among the top-class hospitals in the world.
It makes provision for a helipad, mortuary, audiology and dermatology unit, as well as ear, nose and throat clinic.
It has eight major operation rooms, 54 staff housing units, out-patient and in-patient departments, dentistry, obstetrics and gynaecology units, while providing diagnostics and laboratory services in emergency healthcare.
The multi-million dollar project would boost the country’s healthcare system when it becomes operational.