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"Gov't commitment to providing quality healthcare in line with SDGs remains steadfast"- Agyeman Manu

Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu says government's commitment to providing quality, accessible and affordable healthcare in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains steadfast.

According to the Minister, the completion of these projects will improve the stock of infrastructural and bridge equity gaps in geographical access to health services.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Presbyterian Hospital Kom, Aburi in the Eastern Region on Thursday said "Our government's commitment to providing quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare in line with the Sustainable Development Goals remains steadfast. The completion of these projects in Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital, Atibie Hospital, Kibi District Hospital, and that of Presbyterian Hospital which is treing inaugurated today, will improve the stock of infrastructural facilities and bridge equity gaps in geographical access to health services"

The Minister added that the government of Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo embarked on a journey to revamp the weak and inadequate healthcare infrastructure in the country.

This commitment, he stressed has been diligently pursued alongside other key development investments and the Government will continue to sustain our agenda of building a robust, resilient, and sustainable healthcare system for current and future generations.

"The KOM Presbyterian Hospital, designed with several departments, including administration, outpatient and emergency, inpatient wards, obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacy, diagnostic services, and logistics buildings, is a testament to our dedication. It is a tumkey project equipped with modern medical equipment, such as X-ray machines (stationed and mobile), ultrasound, surgical equipment, medical gases, and patient monitors.

"We must address the issue of the maintenance and sustainability of our facilities. To combat this, the project scope includes a one-year post-completion maintenance and training program. I urge the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) to liaise with the Contractor's maintenance team to effectively maintain the hospital"

"Beyond the one-year period, a full transfer of knowledge and skills must occur to ensure the long-term operation and management of this facility"

The Minister revealed that the 40-Bed Ultra-Modern Hospital for the people of Aburi will be under the management of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.

He explained that the hospital was one of four (4) medical facilities that commenced construction four (4) years ago.

"We are also strengthening the management architecture of primary healthcare delivery in the country. Through the Network of Practice (NoP) model, Health Centres will act as hubs, collaborating with sub- districts and other lesser facilities to address resource and service delivery gaps"

This approach, he noted aims to increase the pace in achieving Universal Health Coverage targets by enabling facilities to deliver a comprehensive package of essential services.

"The NPP government is committed to transforming and deepening the use of ICT for telemedicine and teleconsultation services within the network of practice. This integration will extend to the Regional Hospitals, further enhancing the quality and accessibility of healthcare services at all levels"

He revealed that the Presbyterian Hospital Kom Aburi along with the other facilities at Kibi, Atibie and Akuapem Mampong were constructed by Contracta Costruzioni Italia S.R.L. at a total cost of Forty Million Euros, (€40,000,000.00).

He added that funding for this project was provided by SACE from Italy through the Ministry of Finance.

However, it was important to note that these funds will ultimately be repaid by the government, demonstrating a clear example of the purpose for which borrowed funds are used for.

The clergy from the Presbyterian Church promised to ensure that the facility remains in good shape.

On his part, Aburi Man-hene, Otoobour Djan Kwasi, II, thanked President Akufo-Addo, Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu and MP, O. B. Amoah.

He appealed to staffs to treat patients with outmost care.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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