Afari Military Hospital to begin operations in 2 months- NPP MP fires critics

The Member of Parliament for Dormaa East, Paul Apraku Twum Barimah says plans are being made by President Akufo Addo to hand over the Afari Military  hospital which is about 95 percent complete to the Ghana Armed Forces to start operations in November 2021, some two months away. ““Works on the 500 bed Military Hospital being constructed by Euroget De_Invest  at Afari  in the Ashanti Region is near completion and about to begin operations. The contractors, Euroget De-Invest are expected to hand over the facility to the government of Ghana by November 2021, which is some two months away”.

 

The MP also described as untrue and misleading claims that government has abandoned the project, indicating that the contractors, Euroget De-Investhave also expressed shock claims the Akufo Addo government has deserted the 500 bed facility.“How can such a major project be abondoned. This is not possible. We are on scheduled and will hand over to government of Ghana as planned”.

This comment come on back of a video circulating on social media capturing some oxygen cylinders at the facility left at the vagaries of the weather. Some members of the NDC and critics have bastaerdized government over neglect of the project.

But the MP speaking to the media insisted the video does not capture the true state of the facility. He revealed that, the OPD, wards, casualty/emergency unit, and various clinics   have already been completed way ahead of schedule and other equipment’s and fittings for the remaining works are near completion.

The Afari military hospital is one of nine hospital projects being constructed by Euroget De-Invest across the country. Two of the hospitals— Wa Regional Hospital in the Upper West Region and the Ga East Municipal Hospital in Kwabenya in the Greater Accra Region have already been completed and handed over to the government  and are in operation .

On commencement of operation, the military hospital in Kumasi would be the second biggest military facility in Ghana after the 37 military hospital. It is strategically positioned to serve the Ashanti, Bono, Bono East, Ahafo, Northern , North East Savannah , Upper West and Upper East Regions as well as the neigbouring countries.

Construction of the medical facility, which commenced in 2014, and scheduled to be completed in July 2016, had stalled because of delayed tax exemption approvals. The tax exemption, was eventually granted in 2017 by the  NPP government  after the contractor, Messrs EDI, had been on site for almost three years.

The project suffered contractual disputes between the main contractor, Messrs EDI and the sub-contractor, Messrs MBS and Messers Hanisa, which lasted for eight months, leading to the (termination) of the sub-contracts.

The ministry however re-awarded the sub-contracts to new sub-contractors, Messers Africa Building Partners and Messers Core Construction, which took a while due to background checks that were required and completion of all necessary documentation. The new sub-contractors moved to site finally in November 2018 to commence work which has steadily progressed to date without break,

Scheduled to be built at Tamale, the project was relocated to Accra, before it was finally moved to its current location at Afari. The agreement for the facility was signed between the government of Ghana and Messers Euroget Da Invest SA in August 2008, for the 500-bed facility with residential staff housing as a Turnkey project to be completed within 42 months of commencement. With the project credit facility approved by Parliament in November 2018, the contract agreement was revised in January 2010

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