800-bed capacity KNUST Teaching hospital project abandoned

  |   Ghana News

The 800-bed capacity Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Teaching Hospital, which was expected to be one of the leading medical training and healthcare facility in the country, has been abandoned for at least a decade.

Eleven years after the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, cut the sod for work to begin on the project at a grand ceremony, the facility is yet to see the light of day. A visit to the site by Gemma Appiah of Citi FM’s partner station, Focus FM revealed that work had stalled with the superstructure only partly completed, as the site is being taken over by weeds.

The project, which was being executed by the College of Architecture and Planning of KNUST, with funding from the University in collaboration with the Ghana Education Trust (GETFund), at the cost of about $125 million, was expected to be completed in 6 years. President John Mahama in 2016 gave assurance that he will seek funding to complete the project which had at the time stalled due to lack of funding.

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