NMS Infrastructure Limited, the British Company constructing seven modern district hospitals across the country under the “Build to care” programme, has renovated the dilapidated Kugrago Primary School building in the Garu-Tempane District of the Upper East Region.
Garu-Tempane is one of the beneficiary districts for the hospital project.
The initiative, which forms part of NMS International’s ‘giving back project’, was done in collaboration with authorities of the school.
The NMS funded project included the refurbishment of both external and internal parts of the structure; renovation of one classroom with a concrete floor; and the renovation of a football pitch with corner flags and goal posts among others.
Some NMS staff supported volunteers to carry out the renovation. The Headmaster of the school, Joseph Ayambila, said he was “extremely thrilled” to be have received the support from NMSI.
Caroline Young, the Corporate and Social Responsibility Manager at NMSI said the company is delighted at the support given to the community.
“This is what we enjoy doing. It is not just about bringing a new district hospital to the area; it is also about what we can also do for the community. I truly hope that the school benefits from the project co-ordinated by Jean Lausberg, Site Manager and Jim Adams, Assistant site Manager Garu Tempane and approximately the 20 workers who volunteered to help”.
The seven District Hospitals being constructed are being done at a cost of 175 million dollars, with funding from Barclays Bank Plc and Barclays Ghana.
The project will involve seven fully equipped district hospitals in Osu-Doku District Hospital of the Greater Accra Region; Abetifi in the Kwahu East District of the Eastern Region; Fomena in the Adansi Nunta District of the Ashanti Region, and Garu in the Garu-Tempane District of the Upper East Region.
The rest are Kumawu in the Sekyere District of the Ashanti Region, and in Sekondi in the Western Region, while NMS infrastructure will also upgrade the European Hospital in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly as well as the provision of hospital information technology and pharmaceutical management systems.
Mr. Peter Marks, Director for NMS International Group, speaking at a press briefing in Accra, said the six hospitals will each have 120 new beds, dedicated medical, surgical and maternity wards, modern and traditional treatment choices, and local public health programmes.
He said work is far advanced with the other hospitals in the regions and was optimistic that by the end of 2016 all the projects would be fully completed.