The Minister of Health has told Parliament that the novel Coronavirus has accounted for some delays in the construction of the La General Hospital Redevelopment Project.
The Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, in responding to a Parliamentary question posed by MP for La Dadekotopon, Rita Odoley Sowa, on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, explained, “the varying waves of COVID-19 in the various jurisdiction in Europe and China has accounted for some delays.”
He also said the project has indeed been delayed due to other challenges.
According to him, “the Guarantor, Sinosure was required to cover the project to close the transaction following the approval of the Financial arrangements and the Commercial Contract by both Cabinet and Parliament. However, SINOSURE delayed in the issuance of the insurance cover which has accounted for the Contractor’s low progress of work.”
He, however, stated, “the Ministry of Finance has made the necessary engagements and consultations and it is expected that the Insurance cover will be issued soon for the Contractor to improve the pace of Work.”
He also submitted, “due to the condition of the land, it was critical to do an intrusive geological exploration to help determine the depth of the foundation and the sizes of the structural members for the facility. This was critical to avoid any structural problems which affected the old building and led to its demolition.”
He promised to come back to the house should there be any update as he stressed the point that, “the comforting news is that once the physical construction starts with all the right drawings and studies that are currently ongoing there will be no breaks until completion”.
The La General Hospital Project is a Turnkey one.
Some aspects of the project such as demolishing, hoarding, topographical surveying, design, and other preliminary activities have commenced already.
Story filed by Edzorna Francis Mensah.