The government will begin the construction of hospitals under the “Agenda 111 project” later today, Tuesday, August 17, 2021.
This is, according to the Minister of Information, Mr Vincent Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.
The entire project includes 111 district hospitals, seven new regional hospitals, two additional mental health hospitals to be located in the middle and southern belts, and the redevelopment.
Speaking to Original 91.9FM’s Kwaku Owusu Adjei on the Adwenekesa programme Monday morning, Oppong Nkrumah said the commencement of the project would be marked with the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, observing the start of the first of the 111 health facilities at Trede in the Ashanti Region.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah said it had been estimated that each of the 111 district hospitals would cost approximately $17 million and should be completed 12 months from the respective dates of commencement.
The Information Minister added that so far $100 million had been released for the commencement of the project.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah said so far consultants had estimated that the architectural scope of the district hospitals would require 15 acres of land each.
He said as of now, 88 sites, made up of 15-acre lands each, had been secured to facilitate the projects.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah said due diligence had been done concerning the lands such as securing the land title registration.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, first announced the project in April 2020 during his eighth update on COVID-19.
Presenting the 2021 mid-year budget review in Parliament on Thursday, July 29, 2021, the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, disclosed that the government had decided to execute the initiative in two phases, with the first phase being the processes completed.
The second phase, he said, was the actual construction of 88 district hospitals.
“Mr Speaker, the government and the project coordinating team have worked tirelessly on phase one, and I am happy to report that pre-contract works have now been completed for 88 sites for the district hospitals.
“We expect to commence phase two (construction to begin) three weeks from now, from 17th August, 2021,” the Finance Minister stated.
Mr Ofori-Atta said the government had already engaged over 20 local consulting firms through a lead project consultant to provide architectural and engineering designs as well as project management support towards the execution of the project.