The 100-Bed Infectious Disease and Isolation Centre project being undertaken by the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund, which was initially scheduled to be completed by the end of May, has been rescheduled due to some structural changes.
President of Ghana, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo performed a virtual sod cutting ceremony for the U.S$3.5 million project on Friday, April 19, 2020.
The project was expected to be completed in six weeks.
However, a statement signed by Senyo Hosi, CEO of Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD) and Managing Trustee of the Ghana Covid-19 Fund, explained that the project has received recommendations from the Ghana Medical Association to improve the facility’s delivery status in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond, hence, the changes in the completion date.
The statement mentioned the incorporation of a level 2.5 scalable to a three biomedical laboratory in consultation with officials from the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Research.
The centre will have a total insulation for energy efficiency since the facility would be required to be climatically controlled throughout its use.
Again, it will have an application of ultra-violet radiation treatment of air entering and exiting the facility.
This is to ensure no contaminated air exits the facility.
Senyo Hosi stated that these additions are very critical to the output of the facility, noting that the inclusion of these improvements and notifications led to the need for more work and “has required us to revise our completion and commissioning date to June 30, 2020.”
He expressed appreciation to donors for their contribution towards the fund and urged those who have not yet contributed to do so.
“We call on all to join the campaign and donate any amount towards the completion of the project. Simply dial *718*25*219# and follow the prompts,” he encouraged the general public.