U/W Minister says gov’t will not commission uncompleted projects

By Radio Mak || Philip Tengzu


Dr Hafiz Bin-Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister, has stated that government will not yield to pressure from a section of the public to commission uncompleted state projects to the detriment of the larger populace.

Speaking to the media in Wa on Monday after an inspection tour of the new Upper West Regional Hospital, the Regional Minister said he would ensure that the facility was fully equipped with the necessary equipment before it was commissioned.

“I am happy about the status of the hospital now, most of the equipment are here and engineers are also present installing them.

But what we will say is that we will not be pushed into commissioning a hospital that is not hundred per cent complete. We want the facility to be completed, so until that is done, we will not be forced by anybody to rush into commissioning this hospital”, Dr Bin-Salih said.

He was accompanied by the Deputy Regional Minister, Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Regional Coordinating Director, Mr Gilbert Nuuri-Teng, and the Upper West Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Osei Kuffuor Afreh among others.

Dr Bin-Salih noted that the facility was stocked with state of the art equipment and required skilled personnel to man those equipment hence the need to train service providers prior to commissioning of the facility to enable them to operate the facility effectively.

The Regional Minister hinted that the facility would be turned into a teaching hospital and affiliated to the Wa campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) after the university gained its autonomy status.

From left: Dr Osei Kuffuor Afreh, Dr Hafiz Bin-Salih, Mr Abo Shamaa

On his part, the Upper West Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Osei Kuffuor Afreh noted that the equipment being installed in the facility had been tested to ensure that they were of high standards.

Dr Afreh said they had identified some seasoned health workers who would deliver service at the facility and reiterated the need for them to be offered the necessary training to enable them to operate the equipment well.

“Like the regional minister rightly said, we are not in a rush to make sure its functional, we want to make sure everything is set up so even the first client who seek service here is going to get a comprehensive health care not to be referred to somewhere else to get additional services”, he stressed.

Mr Ahmed Abo Shamaa, the Resident Engineer at the facility, who led the inspection team, explained that the facility was 99 per cent completed and gave the assurance that it would be completed by the end of June 2019.

The 160 bed capacity state of the art Upper West Regional hospital was scheduled to be completed in 2014 after the sod for the construction was cut in 2010 but failed. The actual commissioning date was yet to be announced.

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