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Cost of Ridge Hospital project not inflated – Minister

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Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Victor Bampoe has refuted claims that the ongoing Ridge Hospital project has been inflated by $142 million.

According to him, Crown Agents Ghana Limited, the company contracted to conduct the Value for Money Assessment, on the project rather made a recommendation that the total contract price for the project is reduced by $142 million.

The Ridge Hospital project involves the construction of a 620-bed facility.  Aside the provision of equipment, staff will also be trained on how to handle equipment installed.

The entire project will be financed in two phases with two loans.  The first phase of the project is estimated at $250 million.

Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his ‘real state of the nation’ address last month indicated that the cost of the project has been inflated by $142 million dollars.

On a tour of the project site to assess work done so far, Dr. Bampoe said his claims are unfounded.

“There’s been some talk about the hospital being built at a cost overrun of $142 million dollars, it is unfortunate because that is just one aspect of this project.

“It went through parliament and cabinet and when it got back to the Finance Ministry, a Value for Money audit was carried out by Crown Agents.  In their initial report, they suggested that perhaps some savings could be made but that’s part of the process,” he added.

The first phase of the project is 65 percent complete.

When it is fully operational at the end of this year, it will have 420 beds, delivery suites, maternity wards, intensive care units and other modern facilities.

Meanwhile, the first phase of the University of Ghana Medical Center is 95% complete, as far as the civil works are concerned.

The first phase has 650 bed capacity with the second phase expected to add another 350 beds.

The hospital is a super-tertiary facility with ultra-modern services for service delivery, training and research.

The Greater Accra Regional Director of Health Service, Dr. Linda Van Otoo who also joined the Deputy Minister to inspect the facility believes that both projects will go a long way to take the pressure off the Korle-Bu teaching hospital.

-myjoyonline.com

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