The Member of Parliament for Dormaa East, Paul Apraku Twum Barimah has rejected claims that government has abandoned the Kumasi Military Hospital at Afari.
According to the MP, plans are being made by President Akufo Addo to hand over the hospital which is about 95 percent complete to the Ghana Armed Forces to start operations. “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”. He said
Some members of the NDC and critics of the Akufo Addo led administration have expressed grave concerns over failure by President Akufo Addo to complete the project. A vieo circulating on social media captured some oxygen cylinders left at the vagaries of the weather.
But the MP insist 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 .
Sources at Euroget De-Invest rejected claims by some political opportunists that the project has been abondoned. “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”.
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