The Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund that is building a 100-bed infectious disease facility has revised the original date of completion from May ending to June 30, 2020.
The revision of the date, according to the fund managers, has been necessitated by additional requests by the Ghana Medical Association and other infectious disease clinicians and biomedical scientists to alter the original plan for the facility.
A statement signed by Senyo K Hosi, the managing trustee, said the fund managers “consider these additions critical to delivering the impact Ghana needs in the fight against current and future epidemics and pandemics and are set to make the facility arguably a signature facility of its kind in West Africa.”
According to the fund managers, the new additions, following the GMA request, are the incorporation of a level 2.5 scalable to a level three biomedical laboratory, in consultation with officials from Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research; addition of a 21-bed intensive care unit; total insulation of the centre for energy efficiency, since the facility will be required to be climatically controlled throughout its use; and application of Ultra-Violet radiation treatment of air entering and exiting the facility to ensure no contaminated air exits the building.
“The inclusion of these improvements and modifications led to the need for more work and has required us to revise our completion and commissioning date to the 30th of June 2020,” the statement said.
The 100-bed infectious disease facility project, being developed by the Ghana Private Sector Fund at the National COVID-19 Treatment Centre in the Ga-East Municipal Hospital, commenced on April 17 2020 and was scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2020.
The project is set to be the first of its kind in Ghana.