Work for the construction of the second phase of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) has commenced in earnest. Existing structures such as the mosque and the laboratory have been demolished to pave way for the construction of another new edifice.
The hospital mortuary is yet to be demolished to pave way for the construction of a new mortuary with pathology unit with a capacity of about three hundred corps.
Specific projects under the second phase include the construction of a five-storey block with medical and surgical wards, faculty offices, tutorial and conference rooms; a second five-storey block with operating theatres, maternity wards and facilities; a three-story accident and emergency building and reception area, as well as beds for emergencies.
Others are: a link building, laboratory; a new medical gases plant; assorted medical equipment; ancillary facilities including power plant; waste management section and staff accommodation.
Completion of the first phase brought the bed capacity of the hospital to 400. The second phase will add 400 more beds and increase the bed capacity of the hospital to 800.
Consar Constructions Company, contractors for the project is expected to complete the second phase within two years barring any unforeseen circumstances. IMED, a Netherland based medical supply equipment company will equip the edifice with state of the art medical equipment after its completion.
The Public Relations Officer of TTH, Ahmed Farid in an interview with Zaa News said, the ongoing projects are part of upgrading the hospital to full fledge teaching hospital.
Background of the TTH
The Tamale Hospital was constructed in 1974 during the Acheampong regime, but it had not seen any major rehabilitation for years until about two years ago when the late President, Professor John Atta Mills cut the sod for the commencement of the first phase of rehabilitation and upgrading of the facility to the status of a teaching hospital.
Since then, the government has worked assiduously to ensure the continuation of the project.
President Mahama inaugurated the project stressing his government’s determination to invest heavily in healthcare, since quality health for the people is paramount in building a vibrant nation.
He described the Tamale Teaching Hospital project as a critical investment that would bring a lot of benefits to the people of the Northern Region and beyond and said it was his vision to see to it that the hospital became the best in every aspect of health delivery.
With the rapid increase in the population of Tamale in particular and the Northern Region in general, the President said it was very important to ensure that the health facilities matched the growth.
The population of the city that was about 400,000 when the hospital was constructed in 1974, has more than quadrupled.