The project is being funded by a €140 million facility secured by the Government of Ghana, not only for the construction of this centre, but also for the building of a new hospital in Tema, the reconstruction of the Central Medical Stores, and the construction of a new, 100-bed district hospital at Nkoranza in Bono East, the sod for which was cut by the president on Wednesday.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony on Thursday 10 September 2020, President Akufo-Addo said Dormaa, with a population of roughly one million, deserve a modern accident and emergency facility to replace the existing one. The new centre will cater for emergency health care and trauma cases.
Upon completion, the 45-bed accident and emergency facility will have a 12-bed triage department, a 33-bed ward, a surgical suite to include a main theatre, procedure room and recovery room, imaging services which will include X-ray and fluoroscopy, a laboratory and a plaster room.
“I am reliably informed by the Minister for Health that the entire Dormaa Hospital is in need of a major facelift, apart from what is being done today,” President Akufo-Addo said. “You can be assured that the minister will work to complete, in due time, what is being started today.”
Health care on your doorstep
With the accident and emergency complex being undertaken at great cost to the taxpayer, the president appealed to the chiefs and people of Dormaa to help ensure that the infrastructure and equipment are duly maintained appropriately for the benefit of all.
On behalf of the government and people of Ghana, the president expressed his gratitude to the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), which continues to partner the government to bring health care to the doorstep of ordinary citizens.
“I am very hopeful that, by the grace of God, we are on the threshold of something remarkable in Ghana and, hopefully, with four more for Nana and the NPP, I expect that all of us gathered here will be present again, God willing, for the commissioning of this project once it is completed,” he said.
In conclusion, the president expressed his appreciation to the chiefs and people of Dormaa for the support they have given his government since he assumed office in January 2017.
“One of your own, your excellent Member of Parliament for Dormaa Central, Honourable Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, is the Minister for Health, who has conducted himself with great credit in the office, especially during this difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“He has been a true pillar of my government, and I am happy that, under his watch as Health Minister, Dormaa Hospital is being fitted with this centre,” he said.
Click on the link below to listen to the president’s speech in Dormaa.
Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio