Project for the reconstruction of Shama Hospital to hit ground soon- MP assures
The Shama Hospital Project will in the coming months, be laid before Parliament’s Select Committee on Health, as cabinet has given approval for the over thirty-two million euros non-concessionary project. This reassuring development was communicated by the Member of Parliament for the area, (Dr.) Ato Panford in an interview with Host of Oman Ghana, Mpimpimhene Nana Gyetuah.
According to him a final determination will be made on the project, after parliament had debated and approved of the project; that he believed will be granted given the urgency and potential impact it would have in the lives of the constituents.
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta noted in his reading of the 2020 Budget and Economic Policy last year, that government will this year, begin the rehabilitation and expansion of the Shama Polyclinic, targeting to have completed 30 percent of the works by end of the year.
The Shama Polyclinic, which was awarded on contract to Messrs. Bremu Limited in 2004 under former President John Agyekum Kuffour, was abandoned by the succeeding government due to funding constraints.
Taking cognizance of such investment being wasted, the legislator promised in his 2016 electioneering campaign to have the project completed to support the health needs of the people.
He explained that government couldn’t have financed the project by itself and hence the need to source for a potential investor.
“But the task was challenging. Luckily we made a breakthrough. With the current arrangement we will have an 80 bed capacity hospital constructed in Shama. The investor is committing 85 percent of the project cost, whiles government bears the remainder” he said.
He disclosed that the consultant for the project had already taken the needed soil test, feasibility studies, and undertaken the needed community engagements to pave way for the commencement of the project.