Some residents of Madina, Kwabenya and its environs, still travel long distances to access quality healthcare.
This is because the Madina District Hospital at Kwabenya remains uncompleted, three months after its last completion deadline elapsed.
The hospital has already missed two completion deadlines; July 2017 and most recently November 2018. “Hopefully by the end of November. We are trying. We are working day and night, 24/7, three shifts a day so we are trying hard to finish by the end of November,” a contractor on the site said to Citi News back in October 2018.
The hospital was part of uncompleted hospitals captured in a joint petition presented to government by Citi FM and Occupy Ghana demanding the operationalization of all newly built but abandoned healthcare facilities.
The 1,000-bed maternity & paediatric block at KATH that has been abandoned for over four decades, the Police Hospital in Accra and the KNUST Teaching Hospital were some of the abandoned projects captured in the petition.
The two petitioners were also pushing for a comprehensive Emergency Response System (ERS) in Ghana, contending that the matters at hand have “reached a crisis point.”
But so far, there are still engineers and contractors on the site actively working, according to Citi News checks.
Doors to rooms had been fixed, air conditioners had been installed and a lawn had been planted.
The hospital when completed will serve communities in and around Madina, Kwabenya, Adenta and beyond.
It will save the residents of these areas from travelling long distances to seek medical care.
The hospital occupies 130,000 square metres of land.
When completed, it is expected to have an emergency and causality department, a blood bank, a delivery suite, a physiotherapy unit among others.