26.05.2004 Regional News

Global Evangelical Church completes first phase of hospital project

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Apromase (Ash), May 26, GNA - The Global Evangelical Church has completed work on the first phase of a 7.5 billion-cedi hospital complex at Apromase in the Ejisu-Juaben district of Ashanti.

The project, which is being funded by the church, with support from the American Leprosy Mission and took 10 months to complete, comprises male and female wards, two surgical theatres, an out-patients department (OPD), a laboratory, a dispensary, consulting and dressing rooms costing about one billion cedis.

Dr R.K. Adosraku, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the hospital, said these at Apromase on Tuesday after he and Professor H.N.A. Wellington, the project consultant and Dr Pious Agbenorku, medical consultant to the hospital, visited the site to inspect facilities under the first phase.

The second and final phases of the project will involve the construction of more wards, administration block, children and maternity blocks, x-ray department, business and conference centres as well as staff quarters and chapel.

Dr Adosraku said the hospital was sited in that area because it is a deprived community but centrally located and would be accessible to many communities in the area.

He said the hospital when fully completed would apart from clinical work and general surgery would undertake plastic surgery and handle burns and buruli ulcer cases.

Professor Wellington said considering the pace at which the project was being implemented, work on the remaining two phases would be completed early next year.

Dr Agbenorku announced that free medical care would be rendered to the people of Apromase and satellite communities on July 3, this year and the official commissioning of the hospital would take place in August.

Dr Agbenorku said the hospital when completed and fully functional, it would be manned by local and missionary doctors to ensure that major ailments are adequately handled.

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