Parliament has approved a loan facility of 79,265,656 euros for the construction of twelve polyclinics in some areas in the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Eastern and Ahafo regions.
The loan agreement, signed between the Ghana government, Erste Group Bank AG and Ceska Sporitelna, A.S, is to improve access to healthcare in the selected areas and address gaps in health infrastructure in the country.
Four areas in the Eastern Region would benefit from the project, while another four in the Ashanti Region gets same. The Greater Accra and Ahafo regions were allocated one each.
Specific areas to benefit from the project are Jumapo, Kwabeng Nwatia, Adukrom and Achiase in the Eastern Region. Suame, Drobonso, Sabronum, Manso Nkwanta and Twedie are the places in the Ashanti Region that will benefit from the project.
Mim and Kpone Katamanso are the only places in the Ahafo and Greater Accra regions respectively who would benefit from the project.
Presenting the Committee of Finance’s report on the need for the project, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Mark Assibey-Yeboa, noted that the projects, when completed, would increase health care accessibility in these catchment communities, adding that the ultimate beneficiaries of the projects would be the rural dwellers who will spend less time travelling to other communities and regional capitals in search of healthcare.
Throwing more light on the project, the Chairman said that with the exception of one hospital, which would be a 30-bed capacity, the remaining will be 40-bed capacities.
He observed that all health facilities will be equipped with the relevant health equipment and provided with ancillary health infrastructure, including an administration block, laboratories, pharmacy, imaging facilities and staff accommodation.
He concluded that under taking the project will help the country attain its goal under the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
By Agnes Ansah / www.thechronicle.com.gh
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