Kwaku Bediako, Chairman of CH Group and a Trustee of the COVID-19 Private Sector Fund has revealed that some 5.5 million dollars were spent to put the Ghana Infectious Disease Centre.
Ghana’s first-ever Infectious Disease Centre will be commissioned today July 24, 2020, by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
The project which was expected to be completed in May delayed due to various design enhancement including modifications in response to requests by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), other infectious disease clinicians and biomedical scientists.
Speaking on the Joy Super Morning show, Kwaku Bediako said a lot of money went into the construction of the facility, he therefore urged managers to maintain it well so it serves the people of Ghana.
“We spent about 5.5 million dollars to build the Ghana infectious disease centre. So it must be used well and preserved”.
The Managing Trustee of the COVID-19 Private Sector Fund, Senyo Hosi took the challenge upon himself and assembled engineers from the Armed Forces, the Ghana Institute of Engineers to get this project done.
After opening, the facility will be used to treat critically ill Covid-19 patients. When the pandemic is over, it will be used as a centre of excellence for treatment and research into some of the most infectious diseases prevalent in Ghana.
One of the Trustees, Tony Oteng-Gyasi, CEO of Tropical Cable and Conductor Limited, couldn’t hide his joy at the “incredible work” done by the project management team to bring the Trustees’ dream to fruition.
He called for more support to ensure that similar facilities are constructed in the Ashanti, Northern and Western Regions.
Another Trustee, Edward Effah, Chairman of Fidelity Bank, said he is delighted at the “remarkable and miraculous” achievement of the Private Sector Fund in spearheading the construction of Ghana’s first infectious disease treatment and isolation facility, which will have its own ICU, laboratory and morgue.