A sod has been cut for the construction of a 10 bed Government Hospital in Dawhenya, the project is expected to be completed within 6 months from the start of work. This became possible after a Private –Public Partnership (PPP) agreement was reached between the Assembly and the Melcom Group of Companies Ghana. The Greater Accra Regional Minister Hon. Ishmeal Ashitey in his address said the project was an important one which would complement Government’s policy of bringing health care to the doors steps of the inhabitants of Dawhenya and its environments. He added that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana is focused on health promotion and prevention through the provision of primary health care through the National Health Insurance Scheme to achieve a universal health coverage. Hence the direction of all MMDA’S to secure lands for the construction of district hospitals.
The Regional Minister described Dawhenya as the hub of most businesses in the district which connects many towns hence the siting of the project, He urged all stakeholders especially contractors to act with speed to do a good job to its successful completion. The DCE for the area Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku said the land which is sited near ARS junction covers 8 acres but 4 acres had been made available for the hospital project, an office for the assembly, a shopping mall, lockable shops and a car park to make the area a business hub. The remaining 4 acres is reserved for future development. He noted that the shopping mall, the lockable shops and the car park is a BOT (Build, Operate Transfer) project. Meaning the investor after putting up these facilities will operate it for a number of years to recoup their investment after which the Assembly would take over the facility. The 10 bed government hospital and the office is being done for the assembly at no cost to the assembly as part of social cooperate responsibilities of the investor.
The DCE said plans are underway to replicate similar plans in Tsopoli and Afienya areas. Mr. Francis Sam, Group General Manager of Melcom Group of Companies said they were happy about the partnership , he said they hope to work for the good intent of the project, he said Melcom has a Social Resonsibily Agenda in areas of education, health, and social so such a project is a way of fulfilling its CSR responsibilities. Nene Tetteh Wakah III, the Paramount Chief of Prampram Traditional Area was happy to witness the ceremony he said as a Development Chief he would support any effort which brings development to the area, he called on any individual who has an issue with the setting of the project or the land to visit him in his palace for amicable discussions to the understanding of all parties. He called on government to speed up the finishing work on construction of the Assembly Complex in Prampram, and also construct a district office annex in Dawhenya to serve people in the area so they don’t have to travel to Prampram to access services. All speakers called for all individuals to guard against violence in the general elections that is a few days ahead, they stressed on the need for an incident free election.