Barima Kwaku Ameyaw, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Georgeland Ventures Limited, contractors of the Ofankor Hospital, has said the project cost $1.3 million.
According to him, the hospital is yet to start operations because it has not been equipped.
The revelation by the contractor comes a day after Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, in a Facebook post on Monday, 25 June, said: “It has emerged that Ghana constructs 60 – 80-bed district hospitals for $25 million, whereas the African Development Bank constructed a 150-bed hospital in Accra for some GHS5.76 million or $1.3 million without equipment.
“Even if we have to equip this hospital for some $1 million, the total cost cannot get to more than $3 million. So, how come we are building district hospitals for $25 million, a figure which even excludes the tax exemptions granted on equipment imported for the hospitals? So, for one hospital that Ghana is currently constructing, we could have built and equipped 6 hospitals!
“This cannot continue. The Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government is determined to ensure that Ghanaians get absolute value for every pesewa spent, and this conference is part of a broad range of measures designed to achieve this objective.”
But speaking to the media in Accra on Tuesday, Mr Ameyaw said the total cost of the facility stood at GHS5.76 million or the equivalent of $1.3 million as indicated by Dr Bawumia.
He appealed to Dr Bawumia to help equip the hospital to enable it to commence operations.