Ghana’s Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu says that the construction of 111 district hospitals across the country will commence in the coming weeks.
Mr. Agyeman-Manu disclosed this in a media engagement on Friday.
He said that contractors have been on-site and are ready to commence work.
“By the end of this month or early August, we will begin the construction of the 111 hospitals. Contractors have been assigned to the project and are ready to begin,” the Health Minister said.
Mr. Agyeman-Manu first announced this project during his vetting in February.
The hospitals are estimated to cost between $5m and $7m each and in total cost $707 million.
The government had initially planned to established 88 hospitals but that increased to 111 to make room for additions, including hospitals for the six new regions.
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has indicated that the construction of these hospitals will be led by Ghanaian companies.
“What we are doing is working with the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) to make sure that they participate in the development of these hospitals. I think they have received some 90 land sites from the districts of which 76 have been validated, and we are still maintaining the 15 million per each hospital on average, and they should with all that be able to start,” Mr. Ofori-Atta said at a press conference on Sunday, May 9.