Ghana National Gas Company has commenced groundbreaking for a 200-bed hospital to be constructed at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani in the Bono Region.
The project is aimed at providing health assistance to the student and staff community, as well as the entire Sunyani municipality. It will house an eye clinic, a dentistry unit, a pediatric unit, a pharmacy, laboratory, four consulting rooms, male and female wards, a main theater, an emergency block, administration block, and a laundry unit, among others.
Chairman of the University Council, Professor Nsiah Gyabaah, during the ceremony, expressed his profound appreciation to the gas company, underscoring the impact that the hospital will bring to everyone.
“There is a saying that he who brings health brings life and therefore the importance of a hospital, even if it’s a clinic to a community such as ours, is a good venture. Therefore it is with pride and excitement that I see this dream of getting a hospital for our university becoming a reality”, he said.
Vice Chancellor of UENR, Professor Elvis Asare-Bediako also indicated that the hospital comes at an opportune time, considering the state of their current school clinic. He further expressed hopes for the hospital to serve other greater purposes.
“In a year to come, this hospital will serve as a heart for cutting-edge medical research, a training ground for future healthcare professionals where lives are saved and transformed…moreover, it will reach out beyond our campus walls to provide vital medical services to our local community, bridging the gap in healthcare accessibility and contributing to the overall betterment of our society,” he noted.
The hospital is expected to be completed in the next 2 years and the first phase is meant to furnish 80 beds to house the university’s clinic which will be relocated.