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General News of Friday, 24 July 2020

Source: pulse.com.gh

Bawumia commissions 100-bed Infectious Disease Centre at Ga East today

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is set to commission Ghana’s first-ever 100-bed Infectious Disease Centre at the Ga-East Municipal Hospital today, July 24, 2020.

The multi-million cedi facility was spearheaded by the Ghana Private Sector Fund, which launched a crowdfunding initiative to raise money to complete the project at the National COVID-19 Treatment Centre.

The project was started on April 17, 2020, with President Akufo-Addo supervising the sod-cutting through video conferencing.

While it was initially scheduled to be completed in May, there was a delay due to various design enhancement including modifications in response to requests by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), other infectious disease clinicians and biomedical scientists.

However, Ghana’s first-ever 100-bed Infectious Disease Centre has now been completed following contributions from both private and public sector organisations.

Some individual Ghanaians also helped raised money to cover a ¢7.1 million funding gap through #10GhanaChallenge.

The challenge allowed every Ghanaian to contribute as little as ¢10 each towards the construction of the Center.

Chairperson of the National COVID-19 Trust Fund, Sophia Akuffo, expressed her delight at the work done.

Dr. Bawumia will later today be joined by a select group of dignitaries to commission the historic facility.

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