The IHG team and representatives of the Police Hospital: The proposed building

CONSTRUCTION WORK on the expansion of the Police Hospital which was halted in 2005 due to lack of funding is set to resume.

The project is expected to commence immediately after parliament approves loan support from the UK. It will be completed within 24 months from project commencement at a total cost of ?45million.  

The loan contract which will be carried out by the International Hospital Group (IHG) entails the design, construction, equipping and commissioning of the hospital.

Giving a detailed breakdown of the facilities, Ralph Berchtenbreiter, Project Manager said the IHG project will comprise a medical block to house the accident and emergency unit, an imaging department with MRI and CT services, operating theatre department with three operating theatres, an intensive care unit with 12 beds and a central sterile stores department.

Other features include an out patients department comprising 11 consulting rooms, four paediatric consulting rooms, a dental suite, a dispensary and three-storey ward block providing facilities for inpatients with 104 beds including VIP facilities.  

?A separate mortuary is included to provide delivery and collection of a 222 capacity chilled body storage, 5 bay autopsy rooms with observation gallery, histopathology area and preparation, washing and viewing rooms,? he added.

Paul Llewellyn, IHG Commercial Director said the loan had been processed and was currently at the financial committee stage of parliament awaiting final passage by the house.

?We will start work as soon as the loan is approved by parliament,? he said.

He said the hospital when completed will be handed over to the management of Police Hospital adding that issues of staff and specialist expansion will be addressed in due course.

British High Commissioner, Peter Jones and Mark Simmonds, UK Minister for Africa, who visited the site located near the present Police Hospital in Accra, said the UK funded the project because of the country?s project management record.    

Mr. Jones said it was the hope of the UK government that the project will help improve quality health delivery in Ghana.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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