Source : Modern Ghana
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 Contract in 2010 to construct Eight Hospitals for the Ministry of Health and a 500 Bed Military Hospital in Kumasi for the Ministry of Defense.
Addressing newsmen in Accra, the Group CEO, Dr. Said Deraz said five of the Hospitals are ongoing and at various stages of completion. These include the Construction of 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 has been slated for Konongo in Ashanti and a 250 Bed Regional Hospital for Ashanti which are all in the name of the Ministry of Health. There is also a 100 Bed District Hospital for Madina near Accra and a Sixty Bed Hospital for Twifo Praso District in the Western Region.
According to the Chairman-CE , 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.
He said all the designs for the Projects have been completed likewise the Engineering and Specifications for all the Nine Hospitals.
On funding, Euroget mandated Barclays Bank Plc, U.K and Absa Capital South Africa to raise funds from the International Market. A strict payment procedure will be applied to the Contractors and strictly approved by the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministries of Health and Defense.
The chairman also indicated that, procurement for road infrastructure and utility services are ongoing. ‘We are in the process of procuring the medical equipment and non-medical furniture which have been slated for third phase of the Project’
According to the group CEO, Projects under the Ministry of Health will be completed before 2016 whilst that for the Ministry of Defense will be handed over by February 2017.
Staff accommodation has been provided in all the 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.
Explaining, why the Projects seem to have delayed, the CEO said Cabinet and Parliament approved the Project in 2008. In 2010 for both the Ministries of Defense and Health signed the Commercial Contracts but due to bureaucracies in the system, It could not be started on time. For instance they encountered difficulties over financing guarantee issued by the Ministry of Finance as it did not conform to International Standards. Also they had to change Sites for some the Projects from time to 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.