Ghana to be centre of excellence- President
President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday promised that his administration would work hard to ensure greater and quality health delivery to serve as the centre of excellence in Africa.
He said government would also put up more facilities in the Tamale Teaching Hospital to become the service centre for neighbouring Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.
President Mahama said this when he inaugurated the first phase of the 39.3 Million Euro Tamale Teaching Hospital and cut the sod for commencement of work on the second phase of the project.
The first phase of the project, being funded by the Government and the Netherlands has so far witnessed renovation, expansion and installation of equipment.
The second phase , which would cost 48.5 Euros would include; a five- storey block with medical and surgical wards, faculty offices, tutorial and conference rooms, while a second five-story block consisting operating theatres and maternity wards would also be constructed.
Another three-storey accident and emergency building with reception, beds, a new mortuary, pathology, laboratory and a new medical gases plant and ancillary facilities including power plant and waste management facilities would be provided.
There would also be staff accommodation, and additional 397 beds.
President Mahama said additionally, 1,600 community based health planning service (CHPS) compounds throughout the country to bring health care closer to the people in their geographical locations.
He mentioned the construction of a hospital in every administrative capital, construction of polyclinics and training of more health personnel as some of the measures government had taken to achieve excellence in health.
Madam Sherry Ayitey, Minister of Health commended the Northern Regional Health Directorate for their outreach programmes that had reduced maternal and child mortality.
She gave the assurance that the Ministry would continue to construct more CHPS compounds to reduce child and maternal mortality throughout the country.
She said government would continue to support the various mutual health schemes to ensure quality health care.
Mr Bede Ziedeng, Regional Minister said the renovation of the hospital was necessitated due to the fast dilapidation of the facility.
He called for peace and unity among all ethnic groups in the region to ensure perpetual growth and development.
Dr Prosper Akambong, Chief Executive Officer of the teaching hospital said with the current capacity of the medical facility it could admit patients from other regions.
He said it would help to trained more specialised medical officers, step up research programmes and help the authorities to establish synergies with other health facilities in the country and beyond.
Mr Hans Docter, Dutch Ambassador gave the assurance that his country would continue to support Ghana to achieve her development goals.
He said his country is assisting the University for Development Studies Medical School to upgrade its facilities.