The Hopexchange Medical Center at Santasi-Apire in Kwadaso Municipality of the Ashanti Region with the help of the United States through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has cut sod for the construction of a state-of-the-art maternal unit.
The three-storey building maternal facility which is fully funded by the US government is estimated to cost over one million dollars.
The state-of-the-art maternity block would boast of amenities such as a labor and delivery suite, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, in-patient and out-patient wards, an adolescent clinic, laboratory center, pharmacy, and offices for nurses and doctors among others.
The General Manager of the Hospital, Mr Dominic Osei Kofi during the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, November 16, 2023 disclosed that the project will be completed in 18 months.
He emphasized that the facility will help improve access to quality health care for mothers and children in the Kwadaso Municipality and Ashanti Region in general.
He expressed his gratitude to the government of the United States of America for funding the project.
The occasion was graced with the presence of the US Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Virginia Parmer.
Addressing the gathering at the groundbreaking event, H. E Virginia Parmer said the project was part of efforts by the U.S. government to improve healthcare systems in Ghana.
She added that delivering quality medical care in Ghana was dear to the heart of the US government hence the construction of the facility.
She revealed that the facility will be fully equipped with machines and the necessary equipment when completed.
She pledged the US government's unwavering support to Ghana in the health, agriculture, education and other important sectors of the economy.
"The United States is Ghana's largest bilateral development partner, and in 2022 alone our assistance to the country was in excess of 150 million dollars,” she stated.