Ghana’s Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital to Undergo Redevelopment
The project will upgrade the hospital with modern facilities and services.
The Effa Nkwanta Regional Hospital (ENRH) in Sekondi-Takoradi in Ghana is set for redevelopment and upgrading and poised to expand healthcare services in the Western region.
The project includes renovation of the catering building, administrative building, exterior façade of the maternity and theatre blocks as well as ICT (information and communication technology) infrastructure and equipment to allow for modern hospital operations.
Dr. Joseph Kojo Tambil, Medical Director of ENRH, said Amandi Investment Ltd., the project contractor, would temporarily replace the needed medical facilities with containers to ensure minimal disruption of services to the public.
The project is currently in the design phase. Since construction is expected to be underway by June 2022, staff and patients from Accident and Emergency Centre, Antenatal and Post Natal Clinic, laboratories, Orthopedics, CT Scan Centre, Children’s Ward A and C would be moved to temporary structures to maintain a smooth flow of operations.
Amandi is a civil and marine engineering contractor that designs, builds and manages large-scale infrastructure projects. The construction activities will not affect the Hospital Tower block, teachers’ building, office and administration, kitchen, and laundry.
Funding for the project was covered by the 2022 budget released by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta to parliament in November 2021. A total of €200 million (GHS1.6 billion) was assigned for the redevelopment of Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital and the construction of a new regional hospital at Agona Nkwanta.
The €200 million came from a financial agreement between the government of Ghana and Investec of South Africa.
“…Redevelopment of the Effia Nkwanta Hospital into a Teaching Hospital, and the Construction of a new Regional Hospital at Agona Nkwanta in the Western Region.”— Ghanaba Manuel🇬🇭 (@nanakgyesi1) March 10, 2021
Dr Tambil, Medical Director at ENRH, appealed to the public and media for cooperation during the closures because of the redevelopment. He confirmed that plans were further along for Amandi to move to site by June 2022.
He also said: “By the end of the two or three years after construction, we will have one big and imposing high rise building. Within that one structure, you will have all the necessary medical services. It will be a one-stop shop for all healthcare needs especially in terms of referrals. We want to eliminate the current system where patients have to walk from one point to the other for services.”
Top Photo: Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Ghana (mapsus.net)