Abandoned projects: The over $175-million hospital facilities left to rot

BY WWW.GHANAWEB.COM - Sep 12, 2019 at 5:26pm 100

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The subject of abandoned building facilities especially hospitals remains a big issue that emerges annually; projects which have millions of dollars pumped into them have been left uncompleted in some districts in the country, while others which have been fully completed remain dysfunctional and non-operational.

The UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 aims at ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all globally but developments like this in the health sector have raised concerns on many fronts particularly with pressure on some existing hospitals and the no-bed-syndrome occurring in some of the country’s hospitals.

An estimated amount of 175 million US dollars pumped into various hospital projects is wasting away as the projects have been deserted at various levels of construction and unused building materials are rotting away.

Several other hospitals under the Euroget De-Invest $339 million project which began under previous governments are still awaiting completion.

A recent tour by Parliament’s Health Committee also reveals some completed projects that are partially in operation and some which are still not functional.

Here is a spotlight on some major projects abandoned by successive governments and awaiting action for completion and full operations.

Uncompleted/Abandoned projects

The Tepa District Hospital

The Tepa District Hospital was one of 6 district hospitals under the Euroget De-Invest projects which began under the 2nd President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor and passed through subsequent governments. The current state of the building is nothing to write home about, several years on.

The hospital, a projected 60-bed capacity hospital, though near completion has been abandoned with overgrown weeds and building materials at the mercy of weather and reptiles.

Though air conditioners and doors had been fixed in some parts of the structure, they could easily be qualified as wasting.

Resident Engineer of Euroget De Invest, Khaled Hamed, speaking to Ghanaweb said tax exemptions and challenges with internal funding account for the delays, he is however optimistic work will progress subsequently considering those issues have been solved.

Kumawu District Hospital

The situation at the 120-bed capacity Kumawu District Hospital under the NMS Infrastructure was not very different when the Parliament Health Committee toured the facility.

There are parts of the building that were yet to have windows and doors fixed, there were still iron rods in some parts of the structure, weeds overgrown both in and out of the structure and building materials left outside the compound.

Fomena District Hospital

Weeds welcomed the team at the Fomena District Hospital in the Adansi North District of the Ashanti Region. The project although seen relative progression still has some finishing touches to be added. On the compound, some materials had been left in the open at the mercy of rains.

Completed but yet to be operationalized facilities

Kasoa Polyclinic

The newly-built polyclinic at Crespo City at Kasoa CP in the Awutu Senya East Constituency (ASEC) wastes away as residents wait for the facility to be fully equipped to be operationalized.

Processes for the installation of the equipment has stalled so far as residents await government intervention for the project to officially open for use. Meanwhile, residents have been left with the option of using the old clinic in the area while the new remains unused. Suggestions also by the Municipal Health Directorate for the equipment to be moved from the old clinic to the new facility, according to residents, have been rejected by the Assembly.

Bank of Ghana Hospital

A 60-bed capacity ultra-modern Bank of Ghana Hospital which was completed in 2017, is yet to be put to use although all major equipment and hospital material have been duly installed.

The facility, located at Cantonments in Accra, was part of a GH¢445.8 million capital expenditure commitments of the bank to major projects including the construction of a data centre and its guest house.

The construction which started in 2014 by the Universal Hospitals Group, was completed some three years later but still awaits operationalization.

University of Ghana Hospital

The University of Ghana Medical Centre is yet to begin full operations of the facility since its completion in January 2017.

The 650-bed capacity facility although commissioned was not in operation till July 2018 when it was officially opened as Ghana’s first Quaternary center.

Three Out Patient Departments (OPD); the obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and family medicine clinics are the only operational facilities at the hospital currently.

According to Head of Customer Relations at the Medical Center, Barbara Owusu-Meng however, Phase 2 of the UGMC project has been triggered with the signing of the commercial agreement and the forwarding of funds to the contractor and is expected to begin full operations in November 2019.

Other abandoned projects

Meanwhile, 60-bed capacity projects under the Euroget Six District Hospitals Project including the Nsawkaw, Konongo, Madina, Salaga and Twifo Praso are yet to be completed.

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