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22.12.2007 Health

Chinese Government To Establish A General Hospital For Malaria


The Ministry of Health yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese government for the commencement of a 100-bed capacity general hospital for malaria treatment in Accra.

The hospital, to be sited at Teshie is a total grant from the Chinese government who would design, construct and supervise the project. Mr Zhang Xuejian Head Officer of the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design signed on behalf of the Chinese government whilst Major Courage Quashigah (Rtd) signed on behalf of the Ghana government.

Hu Yujie, Economic and Commercial Chancellor of the Chinese Embassy said, locating the hospital at Teshie was appropriate to serve Tema and its environs. He said there was a strong collaboration between Ghana and China and hoped this grant would further strengthen the collaboration adding, 'The collaboration should bring progress to both countries'.

Major Quashigah commended the Chinese government for the gift and said it was a big relieve for Ghana since it was going to solve one of the nation's biggest health problems, which is malaria.

He noted that the Ministry was liaising with the Chinese Ministry of Health for the establishment of a malaria research centre in Ghana and hoped the establishment of the hospital and the research centre would bring together the orthodox medicine and traditional Ghanaian medicine for smooth health care administration.