The military hospital presently beneath building at Afari in Kumasi is on schedule to be accomplished this year, the Ministry of Defence has assured.

With work accomplished to date estimated to be 92 per cent, the Deputy Minister of Defence, Mr Kofi Amankwa Manu, mentioned there may be hardly any anticipated hitches given the related preparations concerning the remaining works.

At a news conference in Kumasi yesterday, Mr Manu debunked claims that some important medical gear meant to be put in on the 500-bed hospital had been left on the mercy of the weather.

He mentioned the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and x-ray machines supposedly left on the solar and the rain weren’t even on site in any respect.

“These machines are presently at a bonded warehouse in Tema,” he emphasised.

The news conference, which was preceded by a tour of the location and installations of the hospital, was prompted by latest media content material, together with a viral video, which steered a sure poor state of the supposedly accomplished hospital.

Development ongoing

Mr Manu mentioned the $199 million mission was nonetheless beneath building and being manned by the principle turnkey contractor, Euroget De-Make investments, an Egyptian funding firm.

The hospital has amongst different services 50 medical and non-medical buildings, 15 working theatres, two endoscopy operating rooms, 9 supply rooms, a 153-body capability mortuary, 64 employees housing items, a medical gas plant for the manufacturing of the medical gases and a sterilisation division.

A high-powered delegation from the ministry, the military command, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, and the Member of Parliament for Atwima Nwabiagye South, Mr Emmanuel Agyei Anhwere, together with the media had been carried out across the facility by officers of Euroget led by the Resident Engineer, Mr Abo Shamaa.

The Deputy Minister assured the general public that the supervising Ministry of Defence would be certain that the correct issues had been accomplished to have the hospital prepared by December.

He mentioned the delay in finishing the mission had been occasioned by varied components, together with the altering of the positioning for the hospital from three totally different locations.

He mentioned, as an illustration, it was solely in 2017 that the contractor was granted the mandatory tax reliefs for the development processes though such situations ought to have been fulfilled from the onset.

Assertion

In the meantime, the Chairman of Euroget De-Make investments, Dr Mentioned Deraz, has defined that the gear captured within the viral video had been gadgets that needed to be put in outdoor.

An announcement issued by Dr Deraz described as deceptive and false the video suggesting that the power had been accomplished and left to rot within the bush, whereas some gear had been left to rot on the mercy of the climate.

The Chairman mentioned the development was nonetheless ongoing with an general progress at about 92 per cent full.

Certainly, staff had been nonetheless on website on the time of the tour, with officers explaining that ending touches to some installations had been ongoing.

The supposed MRI gear talked about within the video was not sighted, however the fuel cylinders additionally talked about within the video had been stored beneath a shed, which officers defined to be “an applicable location for cylinders”.

Dr Deraz’s assertion defined additionally that the extractor followers and air dealing with unit that had been coated with polythene sheets had been proven within the video as medical gear.

It defined additional that the extractor followers and air dealing with items had been out of doors gadgets and weren’t mistaken for to be the place they had been within the open area.

“No medical gear has been uncovered to the weather, and the video must be ignored in its entirety,” he mentioned.

Contract

Euroget De-Make investments was awarded the contract to construct 9 hospitals for the government of Ghana.

These had been the 500-bed military hospital within the Ashanti Region, two regional hospitals in Wa and Kumasi, and 6 district hospitals in Konongo and Tepa in Ashanti, Kwabenya in Accra, Salaga within the Savanna Area, Twifo Praso within the Central Area, and Nsawkaw within the Bono Area.

The initiatives kind a part of an initiative to advertise social improvement and welfare in West Africa.

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