The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa has paid a visit to the COVID-19 infectious disease and Treatment Isolation Center on Thursday 30 April 2020 at the Ga East Municipal Hospital in Kwabenya, Accra, to inspect the progress of work on the project.
The CDS together with the Service Chiefs and the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) were welcomed by the Managing Trustee of Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund, Senyo Horsi. He mentioned that Engineer Corps has been tremendous in their involvement in the project with speed of execution. He added that in terms of accuracy, efficiency, mobilization and coordination the Engineer Corps had shown maximum commitment on the project. He further added that the Engineer Corps has worked around the clock 24 hours daily and working in shifts to see to the progress of the Project.
Senyo Horsi handed over to Lt Col Albert Takyi, the Project Manager from GAF who briefed the CDS and his entourage on the progress of work so far. Lt Col Takyi mentioned that the project, the first of its kind when completed, would have 16 Standard Intensive Care Units (ICU), 5 purely infectious isolation ICUs in addition to changing rooms and an accommodation for the Health workers.
The CDS in his remarks said the project is expected to be completed in 6 weeks. He further assured them that, the GAF is always ready and willing at all times to offer its service for a good cause. He entreated personnel to put in their best to complete the project on schedule.
The project which is estimated at a cost of $3.5M is funded by the Ghana COVID – 19 Private Sector Trust Fund in support of President Nana Akuffo Addo Dankwa’s call to for all Ghanaians to support in the fight. The project is a 100 bed capacity Treatment and Isolation Center that is to serve as an Emergency Infectious Disease and Treatment Isolation Center in Ghana after COVID-19. The lead contractor on the project is Mendanha and Sousa Construction Company Limited.