The newly refurbished Ridge Hospital was on Wednesday inaugurated by President John Mahama with a promise to complete the second phase of the project in 24 months.
The 420-bed hospital which will now be known as the Greater Accra Regional Hospital is equipped with ultra-modern facilities and is expected improve quality and expand access to healthcare delivery.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, President Mahama said “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 of 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 healthcare professionals and I think that that will enhance the quality of health of our people”.
Although the hospital was 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”, he stated.
The facility was financed by the Government of Ghana with support from Exim Bank and the HSBC Bank.