President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned the 120-bed ultramodern Bekwai Municipal Hospital, which was started by the late Head of State, General I.K. Acheampong’s military government.
President Akufo-Addo, who commissioned the hospital Saturday, 7th November 2020, said the ceremony is further evidence of his government’s commitment to continue with and complete successfully, major uncompleted infrastructure projects of previous governments to derive the expected socio-economic benefits to all.
Stalled in 2013, due to lack of funds, the government, through the Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, MP, negotiated for funding from the United Kingdom Export Finance (UKEF) for the completion of the civil works, procurement of equipment and the training of required personnel for the operation of the hospital.
It was constructed at €22.33 million.
President Akufo-Addo underscored the government’s commitment to improving access to essential and quality health services through the provision of the necessary health infrastructure, equipment and logistics, including the deployment of appropriate technology, as part of the drive to attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
“I want to reinforce the call to the administrators to embrace and strengthen the culture of maintenance. This edifice has been put at great cost to our nation and we should be in the position, some ten years down the line, to see it still in good condition,” he said.
The President cautioned that the hospital should not fall in ways in which several institutions in the country had been left to deteriorate.
He commended the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service for the great effort to completing this hospital.
“We shall continue to sustain our agenda of building a robust, resilient and sustainable healthcare system for current and future generations. Indeed, with four more years for Nana and the New Patriotic Party, we will do even more for you,” President Akufo-Addo added.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD