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The dashing hopes in the La General Hospital Redevelopment project (PART 2)

The dashing hopes in the La General Hospital Redevelopment project (PART 2)

In line with government’s policy of achieving universal health coverage for the citizens, it demands that access to decent healthcare is guaranteed for all no matter where they live. 

The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo at the ceremony explained, ‘this facility, in so many ways, will complement the Greater Accra Regional Hospital at Ridge and its upgrading will serve most people from Osu through La 

Upon completion, the facility will be transformed into a 160-bed facility and it will have an out-patient department, inpatient wards, maternity, and neonatal services, surgical unit with four theatres, accident and emergency department, public health department, pharmacy unit, laboratory, administration, imaging area with CT scan, Xray room, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, mammography units, physiotherapy unit, and a mortuary.

In August 2020 a Sod cutting ceremony for the commencement of work on the La General Hospital Redevelopment project was held with a credit guarantee from Sinosure from the People’s Republic of China in the region of 68 million euros with an insurance cover of 3,860,349.18 euros to be undertaken by the Chinese company Poly Changda is left redundant.

Though Work is yet to start on the facility, residents in the area have expressed several reasons why the decision for redeveloping the hospital came as good news to them and are now worried about the delay in the start of work

The hospital is believed to have been a polyclinic known as [ LABADI POLYCLINIC] and was built from 1963 to 1965. Several years saw the polyclinic obtaining a hospital status till its current state. 

All the background history as well as the issues leading to the decision by Government to redevelop the hospital one would have expected work to be nearing completion.

On the floor of parliament on June 3, 2021, Ms. Rita Naa Odoley Sowah, MP for La Dade-kotopon, posed a question to Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu the Health Minister asking why there has been a delay of about twelve months. 

She reminded the Minister concerning the duration of the redevelopment of the project.

The Minister stated reasons why there has been a delay till date; that research is being conducted to ascertain the actual land space for the said project, Covid-19 as a cause and also a request by contractors to do additional works on the land before work commences and revealed that Sinosure has issues with the insurance cover so until it’s fixed the contractor cannot move to site. 

A visit to the site by Real Estate Times Africa saw no sign of construction, a situation that is fast diminishing the hopes of the public in the Hospital.

 

Source: Sophia Vanderpuije(Real Estate Times Africa)

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