Ghana

Covid-19: Reserve 15 Acres Of Lands For New District Hospital — Minister To Assemblies

The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama has directed the various district assemblies without hospitals to release a minimum of 15 acres land for the projects.

“This exercise must be completed with all necessary documents prepared by 31st May, 2020,” a letter from the Minister said.

She further urged Regional Ministers overseeing the selected districts “to take a personal interest in facilitating the smooth take-off of this very important initiative.”

President Nana Akufo-Addo first announced the construction of hospitals as a response to the renewed focus on the health sector because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The district hospitals will be standard 100-bed facilities and will also have accommodation for staff.

The President also said were plans for the construction of six new regional hospitals in the six new regions, and the rehabilitation of the Effia Nkwanta Hospital, in Sekondi, which is the regional hospital of the Western Region.

Government is still in the process of finalising the cost of the facilities, according to the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu.

Additionally, President Akufo-Addo gave an indication that work will soon commence on three infectious disease control centres for each of the zones of the country to improve Ghana's testing capacities with regards to contagious illnesses.

---citinewsroom

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