UWR: Commissioning of Regional Hospital, sign of continuity – President

By Radio Mak|| Philip Tengzu


The president, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, has stated that the successful completion and commissioning of the 160 bed capacity ultra-modern Upper West Regional Hospital is an indication of continuity of government.
He said the project passed through the hands of four governments, after financial agreement and other documentation where successfully signed in 2008.
President Akuffo-Addo stated this at a brief ceremony in Wa on Sunday to commissioned the Regional Hospital to further boost healthcare delivery to the people of the region and beyond.
The about $52 million facility was part of a $339 million “Ghana Hospitals Projects” awarded by the government during former President Kuffuor’s administration in 2008 to construct nine hospitals across the country.
The project was to be executed by the Euroget De-Invest S.A of Egypt.
The hospitals included two (2) Regional Hospitals, six (6) district Hospitals and one (1) Military Hospital.
The commissioned Regional Hospital houses two (2) Dental Departments, Neurology, Urology, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, General Surgery, Dermatology, Orthopaedic, General Clinic and Ear, Nose and throat Clinics.
Others are Inpatient Department: 126 Inpatient bed, 12 VIP beds, seven (7) Operation rooms, fully equipped ICUS and burn unit and delivery suits, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Ward.
Imaging services: Ultrasound/ECHO scan, Digital X-Ray, Digital Fluoroscopy, CT scan and Mammography.
Laboratory services: Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Microbiology, Pathology, Septic Lab, and Blood Bank Department.
The rest are: 27 body capacity mortuary, medical waste treatment department, Hospital Information System, sterilisation department, Medical gas plant, lectures and conference rooms, laundry and kitchen.
Addressing scores of dignitaries including traditional authorities, Ministers of State, Head of Departments, and the public among others, President Akufo-Addo noted that the commissioning of the facility was part of the commitment of his government to develop the social and infrastructure base of the country.
He thus reiterated the need for the stakeholders of the facility to practice regular maintenance to ensure it served its intended purpose.
The President also commended the Euroget Group for the successful execution of the project in spite of the challenges they might have encountered.
The Minister of Health, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, on his part, emphasised that the commissioning of the facility re-echoed the government’s commitment to ensure quality health care services to all Ghanaians irrespective of their geographical location.
He said the President, together with the German Chancellor and the Prime Minister of Norway, pushed for the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) at the United Nations (UN) level to help bring health service to the doorstep of the people.
Dr Hafiz Bin Salih, The Upper West Regional Minister was happy that the commissioning of the facility will further boost quality healthcare delivery to the people in the region and emphasised that it would be manned by professionals in order for it to serve its intended purpose as a referral facility.
“As a referral hospital in the region, it is expected of staff and management to be professional in the discharge of their duties and also ensure that the equipment and structures are constantly maintained to prolong their lifespan”, he said.
The Euroget Group pledged to donate an ICU ambulance to the facility.

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