Health News of Monday, 23 June 2014
Source: Euroget Group of Companies
Euroget De Invest s.a, a multinational company involved in the construction of a number of health facilities in the Country has assured the government and people of Ghana of their commitment to complete the contracts on schedule despite a few Challenges.
The Company was awarded the contract in 2010 to construct eight hospitals for the Ministry of Health and a 500 Bed Military Hospital in Kumasi for the Ministry of Defence.
Addressing newsmen in Accra, the Group Chairman- CEO, Dr. Deraz Said, said five of the hospitals are ongoing and at various stages of completion. These include the construction of a 160 Bed Regional Hospital at Wa in the Upper West Region, a Sixty Bed District Hospital for Salaga in the Northern Region and a Sixty Bed District Hospital at Tepa in Ashanti. Also included is a Sixty Bed District Hospital for Nsawkaw in Brong Ahafo and a 500 Bed Military Hospital in Kumasi.
There are also a Sixty Bed District Hospital for Konongo and a 250 Bed Regional Hospital for Ashanti, which are all in the name of the Ministry of Health. Another 100 Bed District Hospital for Madina near Accra and a Sixty Bed Hospital for Twifo Praso District in the Western Region.
According to Dr. Deraz Said, the Kumasi Regional and Konongo District Hospitals will be given out on contract in July this year while the Madina and Twifo Praso District Hospitals are expected to start by September.
All designs for the projects have been completed likewise the engineering and specifications for all the nine hospitals.
Staff accommodation has been provided in all hospital projects saying with the military hospital for instance, 154 Unit staff accommodation has been provided whilst those for the Ministry of Health have 115 Units.
On funding, after mandating Barclays Bank Plc, U.K and Absa Capital South Africa to raise funds from the International Market, Euroget applied a strict payment procedure to the contractors with a systematic approval by the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministries of Health and Defence.
The company has indicated that procurement for road infrastructure, utility services and the medical equipment and non-medical furniture are ongoing.
According to the schedules, projects under the Ministry of Health will be completed before 2016 whilst that for the Ministry of Defence will be handed over by February 2017.
Explaining why the projects seem to have delayed, the Chairman-CEO said Cabinet and Parliament approved the project in 2008. In 2010, for both the Ministries of Defence and Health signed the commercial contracts but due to usual challenges in implementing large infrastructure projects, it could not have started on time.
Euroget is currently working on the tax exemptions together with the government to ease financial encumbrances and help the local and international contractors to execute the projects in good order and time. The execution of this project has created hundreds of jobs for Ghanaians and when completed will facilitate access to health and improve the livelihood of Ghanaians.