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Health Minister assesses progress of La General Hospital, Weija-Gbawe Municipal Children's Hospital projects

Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, the Minister of Health, conducted a working visit to La General Hospital and the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Children's Hospital to assess the progress of ongoing construction projects.

This visit underscored the government's commitment to enhancing healthcare infrastructure across the region.

La General Hospital

Accompanied by Rita Odorley Sowah, the Member of Parliament for the La-Dade Kotopon Municipal Assembly, directors from the Ministry of Health, and staff from the La Polyclinic, Dr. Okoe Boye inspected the construction site of La General Hospital, a forthcoming 160-bed facility.

The new hospital will feature a five-story building comprising an Outpatient Department (OPD), emergency and accident wards, administrative offices, and various other wards.

The hospital complex will also include a seven-story residential block, a mortuary, a car park, and other essential attachments, significantly boosting the healthcare capacity in the region.

Dr. Okoe Boye emphasized the critical role of the new facility in alleviating the patient load on other major hospitals in Accra, such as Ridge Hospital and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

"Accra's population is going up, so to be very honest with you, if we were looking at only La as a population, we wouldn't have built this size of a hospital. The idea is to ensure this facility augments general health services both at the primary level and possibly the next stage, thereby taking pressure off Ridge Hospital and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital," he stated.

Rita Odorley Sowah expressed her enthusiasm about the project's progress, highlighting her long-standing commitment to the hospital's development.

"The construction of La General Hospital has been dear to my heart; it is a project that we have been monitoring since its demolition, and now we are here. I have not rested at all; I always visit the site to see what is going on, and I am excited it has taken off," she said.

Weija-Gbawe Municipal Children's Hospital

Dr. Okoe Boye's visit also included the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Children's Hospital, a 20-bed facility currently under construction.

The Minister was briefed on the project's status by the contractor, Admas Joseph of Awerco Construction Limited.

According to the update, the project is 65% complete and is expected to be finished within the next four months.

Jerry Ahmed, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate, supported Dr. Okoe Boye during his visit to the Weija-Gbawe site.

Dr. Okoe Boye noted the importance of developing specialized hospitals in Ghana's future healthcare plans.

"Going forward as a country, we will be taking a close look at specialist hospitals," he remarked.

The health minister's visits to these critical healthcare projects demonstrate the government's dedication to improving medical facilities and services, ultimately aiming to enhance healthcare access and quality for the people of Accra and beyond.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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