100-bed COVID-19 Treatment Facility ready by mid-June
Ghana is set to get its first Infectious Disease Isolation and Treatment Facility by the middle of June 2020, although Senyo Hosi, the Managing Trustee of the COVID-19 Private Sector Fund, has said some GH¢7 million is still needed to finish the project.
The multi-purpose 100-bed facility when done is estimated to cost about GH¢27 million [US$4.5 million|. So far, the Fund has gathered some GH¢20 million with GH¢7 million required for its completion.
“On the funding, we’ve been able to raise about GH¢20 million for this project and we’ve also received other donations for other parts of our [COVID-19 Private Sector] initiatives which focused on feeding the vulnerable, resourcing and equipping frontline health workers and we’re looking at about GH¢27 million in all and roughly US$4.5 million to wrap up the entire project,” Senyo Hosi said.
The 100-bed facility is located at the Ga East Municipal Hospital and is being constructed under the auspices of the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund and in collaboration with the Engineering Division of the Ghana Armed Forces.
It forms part of the national response to the new Coronavirus, and is particularly targeted at treating critically ill COVID-19 patients.
So far, the designated hospitals in the country have not been overrun, however, Senyo Hosi said “we still need to prepare for that period and this project is well placed to deliver that support,” and therefore called for donations into the COVID-19 Private Sector Fund to complete the project.
The Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund is an initiative that seeks to raise a minimum of GH¢100 million by a number of private businesses drawn from diverse sectors in the country to support government’s efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Energy Ghana