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Afari Military Hospital: contractor fully paid, government expects handing-over by August

Checks at the Office of the President confirm that the government is unhappy with the attitude of the contractor towards completion of the Afari Hospital project

Euroget De-Invest, the company building the 500-bed Afari Military Hospital in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of the Ashanti Region, has fully been paid by the government, checks by Asaase News have revealed.

It is expected that the contractor will now double down on completing the hospital and will hand it over for commissioning by the end of August 2024.

Asaase News soundings at the presidency, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Finance all confirm that the government is unhappy with the contractor’s attitude towards completing the project.

Additional checks by Asaase News with the Minister for Finance, Mohammed Amin Adam, also show that the US$1.7 million payment outstanding for the project has been released to the contractor.

Asaase News sources in the Office of the President also say that the government finds it unacceptable that the contractor, Euroget De-Invest, would delay completing this all-important, multimillion-dollar health facility just because of an outstanding payment of $1.7 million.

“This project is very dear to the heart of the president, and he wants to finish it as quickly as possible,” a source at the presidency told Asaase News.

“He has therefore instructed the Finance Minister, Mohamed Amin Adam, the Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, and the presidential advisor on health, Dr Nsiah Asare, among others, to give the project all the attention it needs and ensure its completion without any further delay.”

Long hold-up

The 500-bed capacity Afari Military Hospital is equipped with 50 medical and non-medical buildings housing 15 operating theatres. It also has nine delivery rooms and two endoscopy operating rooms.

The hospital will house a medical gas plant producing five different medical gases. All the buildings are complete, with some furniture installed, awaiting medical equipment.

Financing for the hospital project stalled, resulting in an extended halt to work on the facility, which has long been at an advanced stage of completion.

The Afari Military Hospital is one of nine new hospitals in Ghana for which construction contracts have been awarded to Euroget, an Egyptian investment company.

The company has already delivered Wa Regional Hospital in the Upper West Region and the Ga East Municipal Hospital in Kwabenya in Greater Accra.

Other hospitals that have been delivered by Euroget De-Invest are the Ahafo Ano North Municipal Hospital in Tepa in the Ashanti Region, Tain District Hospital in the Bono Region and Twifo-Atti-Morkwa District Hospital in Twifo Praso in the Central Region.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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