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88 district hospitals project: each to cost $7million – Health Minister designate

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It has been revealed that each of the 88 hospitals to be constructed by government as announced by president Nana Akufo-Addo to augment adequate health care delivery will cost $7 million.

This was disclosed by Health Minister designate, Kwaku Agyemang Manu.

It will be recalled that the President in his 8th address to the nation on messures put in placec to fight Covid-19 said ,government was going to construct 88 district hospitals across the country to augment existing structures to tackle health challenges associated to the pandemic.

“There are 88) districts in our country without district hospitals; we have six (6) new regions without regional hospitals; we do not have five infectious disease control centres dotted across the country; and we do not have enough testing and isolation centres for diseases like COVD-19. We must do something urgently about this. That is why Government has decided to undertake a major investment in our healthcare infrastructure, the largest in our history. We will, this year, begin constructing 88 hospitals in the districts without hospitals,” he said.

But in responding to a question in his vetting on the estimated cost of each hospital, Mr. Agyemang Manu indicated that the estimation was pegged at $ 7million.

“The initial costing was done on the basis of averages and we are looking at between $5 to $7million a hospital. When the issue of equipment and other logistics came in , we were still thinking that ,a maximum of $7million will do . If you multiple this by 88 and 88 has even been changed to 111” he said.

He has however indicated that,the project has been affected by the Covid -19 and land litigation .

Source: A1radionline.com|101.1MHZ|Ghana

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