President John Dramani Mahama has inaugurated the refurbished Ridge Hospital now called the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.
“I’m happy that we are able to deliver a project like this. What we are doing is to provide equipment in the new facilities that we have so that our health professionals will be able to give off their best to the patients. We know that our health professionals operate in very challenging circumstances.
Sometimes equipment even for basic diagnosis is difficult to find and that is why we are trying to make a change by providing the facilities.
We have well-trained health care professionals and I think that, that will enhance the quality of health of our people,” the president said in his introductory remarks at the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, 30 November.
In a speech later read on his behalf by Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia, Mr Mahama noted that although the hospital is to serve the whole of the capital, “The main catchment area of the hospital including Nima, Maamobi and Accra Central which have the highest population density in the Greater Accra Region, will now be served by world-class medical facilities.
Surveys conducted at the Ridge Hospital indicate that about one out of every four of the daily total output of the hospital are residents of these localities which are relatively deprived communities in the Accra metropolis”.
According to him, the phase two of the project will be completed in 24 months to make the facility complete.
The facility was financed by the Government of Ghana with support from Exim Bank and the HSBC Bank.
The refurbished hospital has been equipped with ultra-modern facilities and 420 beds to improve quality and expand access to healthcare delivery.