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€70 Million Eastern Regional Hospital: The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020, cut the sod for the commencement of construction of Phase One of the new 600-bed Eastern Regional Hospital – a project which will be completed in 36 months.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “Phase one of this new hospital project will involve the construction of a two hundred and eighty-five (285) bed facility, out of the total capacity of six hundred (600) beds. Once fully completed, it will be fitted with the requisite teaching and learning facilities, and will position the Eastern Region on the right side of the healthcare map of our country.”

When completed, the President stated that the new Eastern Regional Hospital will handle and help improve acute care and referral services, as well as lend support to the ever-expanding scope of primary healthcare facilities. Additionally, it will support the development of mutual health insurance organisations within the region and its districts. 

With the entire hospital project costing seventy million euros (€70 million), he told the gathering at the new project site, funding has already been secured from Standard Chartered Bank, UK, with credit guarantee support from the United Kingdom Export Financing (UKEF) to the tune of €7,920,000.00.

“Ghana continues to be grateful to UKEF for their continued support in our infrastructure development programme for all sectors of our economy. I am happy to state that the entire funding amount of seventy million euros (€70 million) has already been secured for Tyllium U.K. Ltd, the contractors for this project. They must, therefore, ensure that this project is completed within the thirty-six (36) month period and on budget,” he added

With the hospital set to cover a total floor area of approximately 20,000 m2, it will be fitted with the following facilities: administration, training, conference and teaching facilities; out-patient department; accident and emergency services; adjunct clinical services (pharmacy, imaging with MRI); pathological services; surgical services, including the provision of seven (7) theatres and endoscopy; obstetrics and gynaecology; in-patient wards; burns care unit; ICT installations and provision of Health Information Management System (HIMS); medical waste management system; and provision of mixed type accommodation units for hospital workers.

President Akufo-Addo indicated also that the outbreak of COVID-19 has revealed the unequal distribution of healthcare facilities Ghana, as the nation has tended to focus its infrastructure on Accra and one or two of the other big cities. But, as we have seen, epidemics and pandemics, when they emerge, can spread to any part of our country.

“There are one hundred and one (101) districts in our country without district hospitals; we have six (6) new regions without regional hospitals; and we do not have infectious disease control centres dotted across the country. Government is doing something about it, and, that is why, shortly, the construction of the one hundred and one (101) hospitals in the districts without hospitals will start,” he said.

The President continued, “It will mean that the eight (8) districts in this region currently without hospitals, namely Akyemansa, Asene/Manso/Akroso, Asuogyaman, Atiwa, Ayensuano, Birim South, Kwahu Afram Plains South, and Upper West Akyem will see the construction of district hospitals. Each of the hospitals will be a quality, standard-design, one hundred-bed hospital, with accommodation for doctors, nurses and other health workers.”

In addition to these, President Akufo-Addo noted that Government has also put in place plans for the construction of six (6) new regional hospitals in the six (6) new regions, the rehabilitation of Effia-Nkwanta Hospital in Sekondi, and the construction of a new regional hospital for the Western Region.

“Indeed, Government is committed to modernising all other major hospitals across the country, so they can deliver quality healthcare for our people, and help Ghana become, also, an attractive destination for medical tourism in the Region,” he stressed.  

Thanking the Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre Oti Boateng, for the gift of the land on which the hospital will stand, he assured that gathering that “this project is a sign of greater things to come for Koforidua, the Eastern Region and, indeed, for the whole nation. Government’s commitment to the total development of Ghana is absolute.”

–: The Presidency

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Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has released an updated version of the  2021/2022 cut-off aggregates for all degree programmes. Prospective students are to take note of the various programmes and their required cut-off points. This should only serve as a guide.

Below is a full list of the KNUST cut-off points for the 2021/2022 academic year of admissions;

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Nana Addo cuts sod for the construction of $30 million Pan African Heritage World Museum

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Nana Addo cuts sod for the construction of $30 million Pan African Heritage World Museum

Construction of $30 million Pan African Heritage World Museum: President of the Republic of Ghana H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo has led a sod-cutting ceremony held in Accra for the construction of The Pan African Heritage World museum, which is said to be the biggest in Africa.

The Pan African Heritage World Museum, when completed, according to the President, will provide a resting place for all the looted artifacts housed in foreign museums in Europe and elsewhere.

“The museum is certainly an innovative pan-Africanism project and the government is accordingly supporting its development. The precise state of the support government will provide is the subject of ongoing discussions between the executive council and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and the results will be fully publicized.”

“I am glad that when completed, this project will provide education in the museum’s gallery for visitors to learn more about the history, cultures, indigenous ideals of our ancestors who demonstrated their resolve to protect our environment,” the President said.

Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony, Akufo-Addo urged locals in the area not to be an impediment to the construction of the museum.

“I urge you, residents of the area and those within this immediate catchment area to be mindful of the fact that you will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this project, so please, do not put any impediments in the way of investors or contractors. There should be a cordial relationship among you,” he added.

The museum, which will be the biggest in Africa, was the idea of Kojo Yankah, past President of the Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival (PANAFEST) and founder of the African University College of Communications.

The design of the Museum is shaped as a Horn which is synonymous with a trumpet which is a musical instrument often used in religious ceremonies.

It is expected to be completed in July 2023.

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Our situation would have been worse if COVID-19 happened under Mahama – Kofi Bentil

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Our situation would have been worse if COVID-19 happened under Mahama – Kofi Bentil

The Vice President of IMANI Africa Lawyer Kofi Bentil has expressed his view that even though times are hard in Ghana now, they cannot be better than what happened under John Dramani Mahama and the NDC administration.

“I can say emphatically and I can defend my position that the circumstances now as bad as they may be are not as bad as they were and the despondency at the time was not the same level of despondency we have now.”

To him, Ghana was plunged into a mess by John Dramani Mahama that it appeared the country cannot be pushed out of the mess.

He indicated that if COVID-19 had happened under the NDC and John Dramani Mahama’s administration, the economic situation of the country would have been dire by now.

“Nobody will say that the present government has lived up to expectation. I don’t have any problem making that clear. You are measured according to the expectations you create and this government created a very big expectation and they haven’t met it. But I will also say that the issues are not the same. Dumsor is threatening to come back.

The Dumsor we have now is not what we were facing. This is not what drove us onto the street. I can debate anybody on that. So the issues are similar but they are not the same. The cedis for instance has depreciated but I can tell you that any analyst will tell you that if you consider a number of things, there has been some relative stability of the cedi now than you had then.”

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