The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government will tomorrow, 17th May open to public use, the newly renovated Greater Accra Regional Hospital, formerly Ridge Hospital which was constructed by the previous government led by former president John Dramani Mahama.
A statement from the health ministry signed by its head of public relations, Robert Cudjoe, invites journalists to cover the ceremony for the opening of the facility to public use, and that new clinical services will also be introduced.
The 620-bed capacity hospital was financed by Government of Ghana with support from the Exim and HSBC Bank at an estimated of 250 million US dollars.
The then NPP presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his ‘real state of the nation’ address delivered in February 2015 accused former president Mahama and his NDC government of inflating the cost of the project by $142 million dollars.
His accusation was challenged by the then NDC government as well as Crown Agents Ghana Limited, the company contracted to conduct the Value for Money Assessment, on the project that made a recommendation that the total contract price for the project was rather reduced by $142 million.
The construction of the hospital is in two phases, Ex- president John Mahama commissioned the first phase in November 2016 and the second phase is expected to be completed by next year, 2018.
Apart from it world-class medical facilities, the ridge hospital, now known as the Greater Accra regional hospital also has delivery suites, maternity wards, intensive care units and other modern facilities.