The first phase of the expansion work at the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital under the Mahama led administration is 95% done, Engineers have told President John Dramani Mahama.
The President who is in the region for a four-day campaign tour visited the project site where engineers told him that work is progressing steadily.
On his part, the President mentioned that money has been secured from Saudi Arabia for the start of the second phase.
“I sent a delegation to Saudi Arabia and they have received financial clearance for start of the second phase of work on the hospital.”
The President acknowledged that although there are challenges in the hospital, the expansion will ease those challenges and birth a new era.
He indicated that when completed, the Upper East Regional hospital will be a major referral facility because it will be furnished with state of the art equipment.
The $48 million expansion project is part of the government’s efforts to provide each of the 10 regions with a modern regional hospital.
When completed, facilities such as dental, imaging, pharmacy, accident and emergency, intensive care, ENT, eye, mental health, public health, herbal medicine units would be provided.
A mortuary, laundry, laboratory and a blood bank unit would also be constructed.
The Saudi Fund for Development is providing 85 per cent of the total cost of the project while the government is taking care of the remaining 15 per cent.
The Saudi Consulting Services is supervising the project which is being constructed by Berock Ventures Limited.
By: Offei-Akoto Ayeh/A1RADIOONLINE.COM/GHANA