Mahama Exposed Over $52m Wa Regional Hospital

Former President John Mahama

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo, yesterday commissioned the long-awaited Wa Regional Hospital in the
Upper West Region.

The $52 million 160-bed
Regional Hospital was commissioned amid fanfare; the construction spanned over
10 years.

But ahead of the official
commissioning, former President John Mahama had floated a banner claiming
credit for the project.

In the banner that circulated
on social media last Thursday, the NDC claimed that the hospital was the legacy
of John Mahama.

However, facts available do not
support the attempt by the former president to appropriate the credit for the
construction of the multi-million dollar hospital.

Rather, the hospital was the
initiative of the erstwhile Kufuor administration under the “Ghana Hospital
Project”, with the contract awarded by the government in 2008 to an Egyptian
firm, Euroget De-Invest s.a.

The Ghana hospital project
involves the design, construction and equipping of 500-bed Military Hospital in
Kumasi, two regional hospitals in Wa and Kumasi, and six district hospitals
across the country at a total cost of $339 million.

The project was designed to be
a turnkey, with the contractors sourcing for funding.

The district hospitals are the 100-bed
Madina District Hospital; the 60-bed Tepa District Hospital; the 60-bed Twifo
Praso District Hospital; the 60-bed Konongo District Hospital Project; the
60-bed Salaga District Hospital; the 60-bed Nsawkaw District Hospital; and the
250-bed Kumasi Sewua Regional Hospital.

The Kufuor government signed
the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Euroget s.a. for the construction of
the hospitals in April 2008, gave Cabinet approval for the commencement of the
project on October 29, 2008, with parliamentary approval received on November
12, 2008.

Even though the Egyptian
contractors promised expeditious action, it has taken them over 10 years to
deliver the first hospital blaming the Arab Spring crisis on sourcing funds.

While working on the project,
the Egyptian owner of Euroget formed another company – a gold refinery company
at the Kotoka Airport enclave – with a brother of former President Mahama
believed to be a director.

The site for the Upper West
Regional Hospital was the first to commence construction in August 2010, with
the NDC boasting that it was part of John Mahama’s achievement as captured in
the party’s green book ahead of the 2016 elections.

According to the contractors,
the Madina Hospital at Kwabenya would be completed by December, while Tepa
Hospital would be completed and handed over in April 2020, with Nsawkaw
Hospital to be ready by June 2020.

The contractors claim the
Konongo and Kumasi Sewua hospitals will be completed by November 2020, with the
Salaga and Twifo Praso also targeting 2020.

The Wa Regional hospital is
equipped with modern medical equipment, such as X-Ray Machines (stationed &
mobile); CT Scan; Mammography; Ultrasound; Operation Theatre fully equipped;
Medical Gases; and Patient Monitors

The facility is also fitted with
a complete Local Area Network integrated with a Data Centre; Hospital
Information Management Systems (HIMS); Computerized Maintenance Management
System (CMMS); and Internet Connectivity.

President Akufo-Addo, who was
on a two-day visit to the region, described the commissioning of the hospital
as a good comment about Ghana.

“This project has passed
through the hands of four successive presidents of Ghana. It was initiated and
began under the 2nd President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor;
it was continued by his successor, His Excellency the late John Evans
Atta-Mills; and his successor, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama; and it has
been commissioned by me, the 5th President of the 4th Republic. This is a good
statement about our country, of our institutions, and of our governance,” the
President said.

It is this continuity that
makes Ghana an attractive destination for foreign investment and foreign
interest in Ghana, because agreements struck by one government are respected by
successive governments, he added.

He urged the managers of the facility to employ the best practices in making sure that the facilities are maintained.

By Fortune Alimi

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