The Member of Parliament for Assin Central Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong today Tuesday 22nd June 2021 cut sod for the construction of an 80-bed Cardiothoracic Centre at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra at a brief ceremony held by the Chief of Defence Staff and the Military Command at the hospital.
The centre will include facilities such as a Cardiothoracic Training Centre and conference room, VVIP clinic, 3 operating theatres, an intensive care unit, executive Clinic, dialysis unit, x-ray unit, robotic unit, pharmacy and an outpatient department among other essential units.
The 80-year-old premier military hospital to date refers its Cardiothoracic related cases to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra for treatment.
The sod-cutting ceremony is a follow up on a promise made by Hon. Kennedy Agyapong in 2020 when he presented some personal protective materials to the 37 Military Hospital in response to the outbreak of the dreaded Covid-19 virus in Ghana.
Chief of Defence Staff Vice Admiral Seth Amoama in his opening remarks said the kind gesture by the honourable member was another stride in their hospital management and adds that it is a project of great significance to healthcare.
He paid glowing tribute to the Assin Central MP for his contribution to health care delivery in Ghana and expressed the gratitude of the military.
Vice Admiral Seth Amoama again added that it’s time to consider the human resources for the Centre as all Ghanaians stand to benefit from this project and hoped the project will be completed on time.
Hon. Kennedy Agyapong, who is also the Chairman of the Defence and Interior Committee in Parliament expressed his contentment over the attention the project has received so far.
He emphasized the need for such specialized healthcare facility in the sub-region due to its rising population and a high number of people who will require such specialized healthcare.
Hon. Kennedy Agyapong hinted that, he chose the 37 Military hospital due to the hospital’s effort to deliver quality health care and for their services to the nation. “It’s only fair for the medical staff to have equipment needed to deliver the best of services comparable to anywhere in the world”.
He explained that the Centre when completed will have all the needed units to deliver on its promises and appealed to the contractor to live up to expectation and deliver on time. Again, he expressed gratitude to the Ghana Armed forces for their support and service to the nation.
He concluded by saying this was just the beginning of greater things to come and thanked the staff of the hospital for contributing immensely towards the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.