The COVID-19 Fund established by the Ghana private sector has hinted on a plan to construct a 100-bed COVID-19 Treatment and Isolation facility to complement government efforts to contain the coronavirus.
The Construction works concerning the new facility are expected to begin on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 with the project scheduled to be completed between three to six weeks after the date of commencement.
Speaking in an interview on Joy FM on April 10, the Managing Trustee of the Fund, Senyo Hosi, revealed the plans of the Fund and said preparations were already in place towards the commencement of the project.
“We are going to build a 100-bed facility and want to do it in not more than six weeks. We are breaking ground on Tuesday. On Thursday, we had a commencement meeting to get architects and engineers from the Built Environment Professionals (BEP), Ghana Institute of Architects, Ghana Institute of Surveyors, the Ghana Armed Forces Engineers Regiment, Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service, and a team of medics.”
“We want to sign off on design today. We met the President yesterday and he gave his blessings. The Minister of Health has also been a key champion of this entire project,” he revealed.
The Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund is a private sector-led initiative established by a number of private businesses in the country to support the government's efforts to win the war against the virus.
The fund seeks to raise a minimum of ¢100 million and to also extend relief services to individuals and families who have been greatly affected by the pandemic, undertake sensitization programmes and support institutions at the forefront of the fight.
Mr. Hosi appealed to the public to contribute to the Fund while thanking its donors who have contributed so far.
“To donate, visit www.ghanacovid19fund.com and hit the donate button. You can donate through USSD, online with your card, or mobile money. You can also pay by bank transfer or by cheque. All the instructions are live on our website,” he appealed.
“All our platinum sponsors who will fund our 100-bed facility will have their names published on our honour wall in the building,” he said.
What are some projects undertaken by the Fund since establishment?
Since the establishment of the Fund, it has been able to undertake some projects in accordance with its goal.
The fund has been able to give out more than 140,000 free hot meals to persons affected by the lockdown in Accra and Kumasi through one of its initiatives dubbed ‘Feed a Kayayei Project”.
The “Protect and Resource the Frontline” project carried out by the Fund supplied tertiary care personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the Ga East Municipal Hospital, which is the primary treatment centre for COVID-19.