The newly revamped Greater Accra Regional Hospital, formerly known as Ridge Hospital is now open to the public for medical attention. The health facility which was refurbished under the administration of Former President John Mahama was formally opened by the current Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, on Wednesday, 17th May, 2017.
Although the former president commissioned the completed phase of the renovation last year, it has since not been open for use until now. It was in the Wednesday ceremony, that the hospital was officially opened for operations and services to the general public.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Health Minister indicated that President Nana Akufo-Addo’s government would soon secure funding to kick off the second phase of the project. He noted that despite the financial constraints the current administration is experiencing, they will surely create space for the hospital’s completion, as the health of Ghanaians is of utmost priority.
Commissioning of the First Phase of the Ridge Hospital
On Wednesday, 30th November, 016, then President John Dramani Mahama commissioned the first phase of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.
The ceremony was graced by former President Jerry John Rawlings, Health Minister; Alex Segbefia, E.T. Mensah, the Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly; Alfred Oko Vanderpuye, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Klottey Korle; Zanetor Rawlings, among others.
President Mahama in a speech read on his behalf by the then Health Minister Hanny
The original Ridge Hospital was a 191-bed facility, built in 1929, to provide healthcare for British nationals during the colonial era.
The first phase of the renovation saw the expansion of the hospital to a 420-bed capacity, and also equipped it with ultra-modern and state-of-the-art facilities. The project was funded through a credit facility provided by the Export-Import Bank of United States and HSBC Bank at US$157.5 million and US$92.5 million respectively.
The main facility has an emergency department which has been expanded from the initial six beds to 42-beds along with four theatres to cater for the emergency department.
The obstetric unit accompanying the new facility, comes with a 20 bed reception unit, 17 delivery suits, theatres and an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to handle natal complications. The ICU of the hospital has 12 theatres and 36 beds.
The second phase will be adding 200 more beds, as the hospital is expected to have a capacity of 620 beds when it is completed.
Ridge Hospital Director Sacked
Prior to the opening of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, it’s Director, Dr. Thomas Winsum Anabah was relieved of his position by the Minister of of Health, Mr. Agyemang Manu. Dr. Anabah was taken back to his previous duty post as a lecturer at the University of Developmental Studies (UDS), for reasons not yet very clear to the media.
The demoted doctor has accused the minister of firing him, but the latter has denied such claims, saying that he only “reassigned” him to a more suitable position. Minister Manu while speaking on 3FM’s Sunrise on Tuesday, May 16, hinted that Dr. Anabah has no management expertise to qualify him for the position of a hospital director.