The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Engineer Corps has lent its support to the construction of a 100 bed Infectious Disease Isolation and Treatment Facility in the Ga East Municipal Hospital to commence from Friday 17 April 2020.

His Excellency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who broke the ground for the commence of the project expressed his appreciation to all involved, especially the COVID-19 Private Sector Trustees for the initiative, State institutions and Ghana Armed Forces.

Funded by the COVID – 19 Private Sector Trust Fund, the GAF Engineer Corps is assisting in the construction project to ensure timeliness and suitability. It is also to facilitate movement of personnel and logistics to and from site, coordinate activities of all organisations involved in the project, ensure security of personnel and logistics on site as well as provide technical support to the project. Technically, the GAF Engineer Corps is deploying 300 artisans to support the lead Contracting firm, Mendanha and Sousa Constructions.

Lt Col AB Tekyi, the Project Manager noted that the involvement of the GAF Engineer Corps has become important since it has the ability to aid the completion of the project in record time. He is confident the Corps has the ability to afford the project speed of execution, organisation, mobilization, accuracy as well as its maximum commitment shown in many of the projects it has undertaken both in Ghana and on United Nations Peace Support Operations.

Lt Col Tekyi is positive that the project is expected to be completed in 4-weeks. He added that artisans would be deploying to work day and night in a shift system.

The CO- Chair of the Board of Trustees and Management of Tropical Cable and Conductor Ltd, Dr Tony Oteng-Gyasi disclosed that the idea was initiated by 10 ordinary Ghanaian entrepreneurs who came together to draw resources in support of Government’s efforts to end the Spread of COVID – 19 and other diseases in Ghana by building the first ever infectious disease facility. These entrepreneurs had each donated an amount of GH?100,000 and further pledged to raise GH?1,000,000 to support the completion of the project that is estimated to cost $3.5M.

Trustees of the project included Edward Effah, Co-Chair and Director, Fidelity Bank,  Mr Kwasi Twum, CEO Multimedia Group, Mr Kwame Ofosu Bamfo, CEO Sikkens, Mr Kwaku Bediako, Mr John Tyalor, Dr Kwabena Agyei among others.