Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo, has touted plans for the construction of US$480 million eco medical village as an opportunity for Ghana to lead in the health tourism sector in the sub region.
The project, made up of over 700 beds, a 300-bed children ward, 17-storey doctor’s office, 40 unit studio apartment for medical technicians, a medical research centre, a 4-star 150 bed hotel, a 2-star 120 bed hotel, a medical shopping mall, elderly housing facilities and helipad for emergency paramedic service, Mr. Osafo Marfo noted, will certainly transform the health, medical and tourism landscape in Ghana.
“As a conglomerate of interrelated chain of health and tourism development, including air ambulance services, eco-medical village, eco-pharma, and eco-card services, this project will certainly be the anchor upon which a new fortune of opportunities will drive on,” he explained.
He disclosed that the government would support activities to make the project a reality, as the growth of private sector businesses is the focus of the country, especially in this period where landmark innovations are needed to touch the sphere of the economy.
Mr. Peter Ahiekpor, Founder and CEO, Eco-Medical Village, explained that the 40-acre land project, located at Achimota, targets the creation of over 5000 jobs, for both Ghanaians and experts in the sub region.
“In the quest to put Ghana on the global health tourism map, there is the need to offer the best in the health tourism industry to make this country a destination.”
Peter Ahiekpor, explained that the project envisions the setting up of specialty centres of excellence in specific ECOWAS member countries, to treat specific illnesses.
“We are looking at a regional reference centre for various diseases, research facilities, sports medicine, disaster management, women and children hospital in Ghana, General Medicine and Centre for Neurosurgery in Togo, General medicine and centre for Cardiovascular and gynecology in Benin, and other centres in Nigeria and Ivory Coast,” he disclosed.
By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe