The Vice-President and NPP Flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has assured members of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) that the Afari Military and Sewuah Government hospitals in the Ashanti region will be commissioned for use by August 2024.

According to Dr. Bawumia, these two health projects are significant, and will help reduce pressure on the old Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), addressing congestion issues at the referral centre.

Dr. Bawumia gave the assurance during a meeting with members of the GMA,  as part of his regional tour.

The NPP flagbearer expressed concerns about the overcrowding at KATH, and agreed to the suggestion to dedicate resources to retool the hospital to provide excellent health care delivery.

“With particular reference to the two hospitals that are almost done, Sewuah, which is a regional hospital, and Afari, which is a military hospital, we expect Sewuah to be commissioned, hopefully, by July 2024 and Afari by August 2024 as well,” he added.

Members of the GMA were concerned about the delay in completing major health facilities in the Ashanti Region, noting that such delays had contributed to the congestion at KATH.

The Ashanti Regional President of the GMA, Dr. Paa Kwesi Baidoo, emphasised the importance of the 500-bed Afari Military Hospital and the 250-bed Sewuah Hospital, which, according to them, would alleviate congestion at KATH, a referral facility for 12 regions.

He stressed the need for  government to prioritize the projects while also focusing on the construction of the Agenda 111 hospitals to support existing health facilities.

He further mentioned that KATH struggles despite fundraising initiatives by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to renovate the facility. He noted that resources allocated to the Agenda 111 hospital projects could have been used to retool KATH to function at its fullest capacity.

The GMA’s Ashanti Regional President suggested to Dr. Bawumia and his team: “Out of the 50 Agenda 111 hospital projects, why don’t we build 40 hospitals, and dedicate the resources meant for the other 10 projects to retool Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to clear up the mess at the hospital and make it efficient?”

Meanwhile, Dr. Bawumia also met with the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs, clergy, and other professional bodies as part of his tour of the region.