The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government will tomorrow 17th May open to public use the newly renovated Greater Accra Regional Hospital formerly Ridge Hospital which was constructed by the previous government led by former president John Dramani Mahama.
A statement from the health ministry signed by its head of public relations Robert Cudjoe inviting journalists to cover the ceremony for the opening of the facility to public use noted that new clinical services will also be introduced.
The 620-bed capacity hospital was financed by Government of Ghana with support from the Exim and HSBC Bank at an estimated of 250 million US dollars.
The cost of the hospital construction dominated headlines in the run up to the 2016 presidential and parliamentary election when the then opposition leader Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo now president of Ghana attacked the then NDC government of inflating the cost of the project.
The then NPP presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his ‘real state of the nation’ address delivered in February 2015 accused former president Mahama and his NDC government of inflating the cost of the project by $142 million dollars.
His accusation was challenged by the then NDC government as well as Crown Agents Ghana Limited, the company contracted to conduct the Value for Money Assessment, on the project that made a recommendation that the total contract price for the project was rather reduced by $142 million.
The construction of the hospital is in two phases, Ex- president John Mahama commissioned the first phase in November 2016 and the second phase is expected to be completed by next year, 2018.
Apart from it world-class medical facilities, the ridge hospital now known as the Greater Accra regional hospital also has delivery suites, maternity wards, intensive care units and other modern facilities.
Source: Radio Gold