President John Mahama has opened the newly refurbished Ridge Hospital , with a promise to complete the second phase of the project in 24 months.
The 420-bed hospital, which will now be known as the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, is equipped with ultra-modern facilities and is expected to help improve the qualify of and access to healthcare in the region.
“I'm very happy that we are able to deliver a project like this. What we are doing is to provide equipment in the new facilities that we have so that our health professionals will be able to give off their best to the patients,” the president said at the commissioning of the project’s first phase on Wednesday.
Mahama said the government made the decision to build the hospital as a first step to alleviating the plight of health professionals who he said work in very challenging environments.
“Sometimes ,equipment even for basic diagnosis is difficult to find, and that is why we are trying to make a change by providing the facilities. We have well-trained healthcare professionals and I think that that will enhance the quality of health of our people,” he said.
The hospital will serve the Greater Accra Region, but the main catchment area includes Nima, Maamobi and Accra Central, which have the highest population density in the Greater Accra Region, will now be served by world-class medical facilities.
Surveys conducted at the Ridge Hospital indicate that about one out of every four of the daily total output of the hospital are residents of these localities, which are relatively deprived communities in the Accra metropolis.
The facility was financed by the Government of Ghana with support from Exim Bank and the HSBC Bank.
Meanwhile Nollywood star actor, Osuofia, say the Ridge Hospital is like a seven-star hotel.
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