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Tamale Hospital Facelift Project Cost $77m

2006-02-15 13:23:32
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REHABILITATION and upgrading of the Tamale Teaching Hospital is to cost 77 million dollars, Samuel Owusu-Adjei, a Deputy Minister of Health, has told Parliament. Mr Owusu-Adjei said the Ministry was negotiating with a consortium to undertake the first phase at the cost of 44.9 million euros. He was briefing Parliament yesterday on the project in response to a statement last week by Haruna Iddrisu (NDC-Tamale South) on the poor state of the hospital.

Mr Owusu-Adjei gave the breakdown of the project cost as 37.4 million dollars for rehabilitation of existing structures and purposed new buildings, 5.7 million dollars for staff housing, and 5.8 million dollars for infrastructural services.

The rest are 24 million dollars for hospital equipment including spare parts and training and 3.6 million dollars for contingency.

He said the objective of the Ministry was to provide a well equipped and resourced referral hospital in Tamale to cater for the northern half of the country.

Mr Owusu-Adjei said that since its establishment in the 1970s the hospital had not undergone any major rehabilitation, resulting in deterioration of facilities, adding that besides serious structural faults, almost all major clinical and therapeutic equipment are either broken down or are inadequate.

He said while sourcing funding to undertake major rehabilitation works, the Ministry of Health in 2003 decided to carry out minor repair of the Out-Patient Department and some other service areas to enhance continuous service rather than closing the hospital down completely.

Some of the emergency works undertaken included replacement of the vertical waste disposal system in the seven-storey tower block, replacement of two lifts on the tower block and rehabilitation of three junior staff quarters and one doctor’s bungalow.

Mr Owusu-Adjei said the Ministry in consultation with its development partner commissioned consultants through an international competitive bidding process to assess the scope of work and equipment requirement with a view to developing a competent regional referral hospital with facilities for medical education.

The consultants had since completed work on a masterplan for the hospital, including architectural and engineering services and cost estimation as a package to enable the Ministry to seek funding for the project, he said.

source: Times

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