The Minister for Health, Ms. Sherry Ayittey, has expressed delight at the proposed reconstruction of the Ridge Hospital into a modern Greater Accra Regional Hospital. The project is being financed by the Exim Bank of the United States of America, at a cost of US$220 million.
The project, which has already begun, is expected to be completed in 2016, and would be equipped with a solar power system to complement electricity supply from the Ghana Electricity Company (ECG).
During a tour of the hospital, she highlighted the need for the contractors to avoid bureaucracy in the construction process, in order to avoid undue delays.
The Ridge Hospital, located in the heart of the capital city, Accra, has been providing health services to staff of the various ministries, as well as the general public, since its establishment in the early 1920's. The hospital has, over the years, received support in the area of infrastructure upgrades.
However, due to the ever-increasing patient population, the hospital facilities are overstretched and in need of refurbishment.
Ms. Sherry Ayittey gave the assurance that the Ministry of Health was available to ensure the speedy acquisition of the building permit for the contractors, Bouygues Batiment International.
She also assured the Medical Director of the Ridge Hospital, Dr. Obeng Aporri, that the construction works would not interrupt the normal services of the hospital.
The Minister charged the hospital authorities to uphold sustenance and maintenance of the yet-to-be installed facilities at the hospital.
Jean-Baptiste Baudin de la Valette, president of Bouygues Batiment International, contractors working on the project, gave the assurance that the project would be completed on schedule.
Dr. Obeng Aporri expressed gratitude to the Minister, the contractors and the financiers of the project.