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Vice-President Bawumia commissions infectious diseases centre at 37 Military Hospital

The vice-president, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has commissioned an ultra-modern infectious diseases treatment centre at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra

The Vice-President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has commissioned and handed over an ultra-modern infectious diseases treatment centre at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

Originally conceived in 2014 at the height of the Ebola crisis, the 25-bed facility, which also houses a command centre to co-ordinate the activities of isolation centres across the country and a health surveillance unit, was begun in April 2019 and completed after ten months at a cost of GHC4.8 million.

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia cuts the tape to commission the facility

 

Addressing the gathering of military, health and government officials today (Wednesday 30 September 2020), the vicepresident underlined the government’s determination to provide essential logistics and infrastructure to meet the nation’s health needs.

“As you are aware, work on this facility began even before the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Ghana. This government has initiated, in less than four years, 843 projects in the health sector, with 475 of them completed, while the rest are ongoing.

“We have also introduced a lot of initiatives in the health sector, such as the use of drones to deliver essential medical supplies. We now have four drone centres operational, and during this COVID crisis, 2,500 samples have been delivered by drones.

The ultra-modern Infectious Diseases Treatment Centre at the 37 Military Hospital

“Our commitment to improving access to health care remains unwavering, and with your support, we will have even more time to do more.”

Speaking earlier, the Minister of Defence, Honourable Dominic Nitiwul, was confident that the facility would be put to good use, and in the finest traditions of the military, we can be sure that years later, this facility will remain in good shape due to the culture of maintenance.

The deputy health minister, Honourable Bernard Okoe Boye, who represented the minister, disclosed that a number of health facilities will be completed this year, including the Bekwai, Fomena and Kumawu hospitals.

Some of the facilities at the Infectious Diseases Treatment Centre at the 37 Military Hospital

“Never in the history of this country has so much [in the way of] resources been invested in health care in such a short time. This is indeed a sure sign of the government’s commitment to ensuring the provision of healthcare for its people,” Dr Okoe Boye declared.

Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio

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