Sherry Ayittey, Health Minister
Euroget De Invest S.A, a multinational company involved in the construction of a number of health facilities in the country, has assured the government and people of Ghana of their commitment to completing the contracts awarded them on schedule, despite the challenges that lie ahead of them.
The company was awarded the contract in 2010 to construct eight hospitals for the Ministry of Health (MoH) and a 500-bed military hospital in Kumasi for the Ministry of Defence.
According to a release from the company, five of the hospitals are currently ongoing and are at various stages of completion.
The company explained that the projects seemed to have delayed due to some challenges in implementing large infrastructure projects.
The projects include the construction of a 160-bed regional hospital at Wa in the Upper West Region, a 60-bed district hospital for Salaga in the Northern Region, a 60-bed district hospital at Tepa in the Ashanti Region, a 60-bed district hospital for Nsawkaw in Brong Ahafo Region and a 500-bed military hospital in Kumasi.
There is also a 60-bed district hospital for Konongo and a 250- bed regional hospital for the Ashanti Region, which are all in the name of the Ministry of Health. Others are a 100-bed district hospital for Madina near Accra and a 60-bed hospital for Twifo Praso District in the Western Region.
The company indicated that the Kumasi Regional and Konongo District Hospitals would be given out on contract in July this year, while the Madina and Twifo Praso hospitals are expected to start by September.
‘All designs for the projects have been completed likewise the engineering and specifications for all the nine hospitals,’ the release stated.
On funding, after mandating Barclays Bank Plc, U.K and Absa Capital South Africa to raise funds from the international market, Euroget applied a strict payment procedure to the contractors with a systematic approval by the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministries of Health and Defence.
The company has indicated that procurement for road infrastructure, utility services and the medical equipment and non-medical furniture are ongoing.
According to the schedules, projects under the MoH would be completed before 2016 whilst that for the Ministry of Defence would be handed over by February 2017.
Euroget is currently working on the tax exemptions together with the government to ease financial encumbrances and help the local and international contractors to execute the projects in good order and time.
The execution of these projects would create hundreds of jobs for Ghanaians and facilitate access to health and improve the livelihood of Ghanaians.
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