GNPC funds 100-bed Manhean hospital

From Inusa Musah, Tema

The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has broken ground for the construction of a three-storey Tema Community Hospital at Manhean.

The 100-bed health facility will cost US$2.5 million and will replace the existing old clinic, which the youth of Tema Manhean, had, through demonstrations, drawn the attention of the government and other institutions to go to their aid.

The old clinic was deficient of the needed facilities to efficiently handle surgical and other medical issues, consequently leading to personnel referring a number of patients to the Tema General Hospital (TGH), which is daily overwhelmed by the high attendance of patients.

The Tema Community Hospital at Manhean is to be completed in 13 months, and speaking at the brief ceremony, Alexander Abban, who is the Deputy Minister for Health, on behalf of Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, firstly, thanked the Tema Traditional Council (TTC) and people for their long patience for the facility they had been yearning for.

After that, he explained that good health in physical infrastructures was part of the three pillars needed to obtain universal health by 2030.

“Financial risk protection and personnel are the other two pillars,” he mentioned.

Lastly, the government thanked the Eastern Naval Command for releasing part of its land for the project.

Dr Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, General Manager of Sustainability at the GNPC, on behalf of the Chief Executive, Dr K.K. Sarpong, explained that the decision to support the vision for the new hospital was informed by the need to bring healthcare closer to the people, especially as the TGH has, over the years, come under immense pressure due to increased industrial and commercial activities, settlements and population of the metropolis.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La, said the project fit into the Assembly’s restoration agenda, which was aimed at restoring Tema to its former glory.

On his part, Dr Joseph Donkor, Medical Director of the Manhean Clinic, thanked the GNPC for the gesture and expressed hope that the facility, after its completion, would empower the staff to provide high quality and efficient health care to the people.

Alexander Abban, Deputy Minister for Health, breaking the ground for the construction of the Tema Community Hospital