Government has set aside an amount of US$100 million as initial funding for its Agenda 111 project, which is aimed at strengthening healthcare infrastructure in the country.
The money has been made available for the first phase of the project, which will see to the construction of district hospitals, estimated at a unit cost of about US$17 million per facility.
Out of the projected US$17 million for each district hospital, US$12.88 million will cater for civil works, with about US$4 million going into equipment required.
This was disclosed by Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, during an update at a media engagement on Sunday, August 15, 2021.
The Minister said the project will begin on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, in the Ashanti Region where the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will inspect the commencement works. Other contractors afterwards will also begin theirs at the various districts across the country
“Currently, commencement funding of US$100 million has been made available to the project through the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Funds. For the project itself, it is budgeted at nearly US$17 million for each of the district hospitals. The district and specialized hospitals are being funded by the Government of Ghana but for the regional hospitals, EPC arrangements have been made. This project will naturally go across three budget cycles. So allocations have been made across the various budget cycles in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework for what the Government of Ghana is bearing”, the Minister said.
As part of measures to tackle the health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is seeking to construct 101 standard district hospitals with accommodation for doctors and nurses, six new regional hospitals in the six new regions, one regional hospital for the Western Region, rehabilitation of Effia-Nkwanta Hospital in the Western Region, construction of two new psychiatric hospitals and a new Accra Psychiatric hospital.