Key Milestones in our Project
On Monday 19th November 2012, the “Supply Contract” between the Ministry Of Health of Ghana and NMS Infrastructure Limited, for the design, construction and equipping of seven district hospitals, was signed by the Minister and the Chief Director of the Ministry of Health.
VFM Committee meetings with the Crown Agents concluded on the 10th January, enabling VFM sign-off and the contract to become effective. The meetings were held at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.
The MoH Design Team delegation visited NMSI in the UK for a series of design briefing meetings to discuss their detailed requirements. The visit culminated with a private viewing of the specialist medical equipment, as well as facility visits to selected suppliers.
The Design sign-off ceremony took place on 28 August 2013. Attended by the Hon. Minister of Health, members of the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Services the design book was formally signed-off.
Construction work begins on the Dodowa Hospital, marking a significant milestone for the project
The first shipment of 3 containers sailed from the UK on the 20th December 2013 and arrived at Tema Port on 17th January 2013. The shipment included fencing, lighting towers and generators, as well as the holding bolts for the steel fame for the central hub building for the Dodowa site.
With generous support from NMS Infrastructure Limited, the Tag Rugby Trust and the GRFU trained over 40 local teachers and Ghanaian rugby officials in Tag Rugby, and have entered eight schools in Madina to bring the sport to a whole new generation.
June 2014 saw the first of the steelwork for the main building on the Dodowa Hospital Site going up.
The local District Assembly starts work on preparing the site in anticipation of handover to the project team.
August began with a sod-cutting ceremony at Fomena marking the beginning of the hospital build. The ceremony was well attended by the District Assembly, Chiefs and community members and medical students.
NMS opened a new office in London’s Bond Street. With an expanding team, the office provides a central location close to our design partners and consultants, as work continues on the Ghana District Hospitals project.
The Dodowa District Hospital Site is now taking shape with the main building having most of its roof on and the foundations for the wards being finished off. The hospital staff accommodation is also developing nicely.
The official sod cutting for the Kumawu District Hospital Site took place on Thursday 19th February 2015. The event was well attended by the District Assembly and progress at the site is moving well.
A stakeholder engagement for the Abetifi District Hospital site was successful, lively and well attended by Traditional Leaders and District Assembly representatives, who all expressed support for the project.
The second of our District Hospital sites is now visible on Google Earth! Work on the site is progressing well, so after seeing the Dodowa Hospital site appear on Google Earth last year, this is great to see.
At the European Healthcare Design Congress 2015, The Best International Project for Outstanding Design in Healthcare was awarded for the Ghana District Hospital Project to TP Bennett, Masterplanners and Architects.
The award recognises the designs of the Ghana District Hospital Project – an outstanding healthcare building located in a place outside the UK. This is the prestigious award and beat stiff competition from the other shortlisted projects.
- Maesk Building, University of Copenhagen
- San Carlos Center, California
A 4-week training programme is taking place at the old Dodowa District Hospital in order to induct the 157 clinical staff to the new hospital equipment they’ll be using when they move to the new hospital, to promote safe and effective use of the medical equipment and to understand Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), user manuals and maintenance requirements.
Feedback from the training has been extremely encouraging from all the trainees.
The Ayenyah community health clinic located 5 miles from Dodowa District Hospital was donated to the community by the charity OAfrica founded in October 2002 by Lisa Lovatt-Smith. The facility serves the local rural community to provide basic health provision including vaccination of local school children.
With the help of NMSI and the Dodowa site manager, Francis Yore, the project involved taking down the previous building and erecting a new facility ensuring a long term sustainable solution and a more functional area for the nurses to administer health care whilst upgrading some of the equipment.
From beginning to end, the project took 2 weeks to complete and was led by volunteers James Hsu and William Hsu (Sons of NMSI’s Deputy Chairman Fred Hsu), Charlie Stevens and Jeremy Elmhirst.
NMSI and Genelec Support services had the honour of hosting the President of the Republic of Ghana, HE John Dramani Mohama, for a visit of the Dodowa District Hospital site as handover of the new 120 bed hospital draws ever nearer. The president took a walking tour of the almost complete facilities and then gave a speech to the watching crowd and press, saying he was pleased to hear that the “workers on this project had been fantastic” and “that the majority of those are Ghanaians”!
The commissioning of the Hospital, now planned for early 2016, should see the return of the president for this important occasion.
As at the end of January 2016 a skilled workforce of 1311 labourers, managers, carpenters, masons, engineers is engaged on 6 active hospital sites across Ghana. The workforce is in the majority made of Ghanaians, with over 65% of those employed from within the local communities.
Environmental Assessment and monitoring works are now well underway to assess the environmental impacts associated with the development of the Sekondi hospital on the preferred site in Kansawrodo, Sekondi. The Scoping Study has been completed, identifying the potential impacts associated with the proposed new hospital development and this has been issued to the various Regulatory Authorities for their review and comment.
Work on the main Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Report has also commenced with the Biodiversity Assessments, Traffic Impact Assessments, Ground Investigations and Noise and Air Quality monitoring all programmed to take place over the next few weeks.
The Ceremonial Handover of the Shai Osudoku District Hospital in Dodowa took place on Monday 4th April 2016. The event hosted by the Ministry of Health was presided over by His Excellency John Dromani Mohama, President of the Republic of Ghana, and attended by the Hon. James Duddridge, British Minister for Africa, and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, Adam Afriyie MP.
More than 2000 people attended the event, including Ministers, Parliamentarians, local Chiefs, Elders and townsfolk, as well as many of those who worked as part of the construction team on the Hospital.
In order to prepare the site for construction, over 70,000 tons of earth were moved – the equivalent of digging and filling 8 Olympic swimming pools – while it has taken more then 1,000,000 man hours to complete the hospital.
Constructed by a predominantly Ghanaian workforce, with around 60% of those coming from the local area, the finished hospital is a true reflection of the quality of work that can be achieved and has set a new standard for other Ghanaian, as well as African, hospitals to aspire to.
Monday 27th June 2016 saw the Shai Osudoku district hospital in Dodowa go live with around 200 patient registrations and 3 patient admissions.
This marks a big day for the Ghana Health Service and the team at the Dodowa hospital, as they put their brand new modern facilities to the test.
Less then 24 hours hour later our first baby was delivered at 3am on Tuesday 28th.
Mother and baby are both doing well and have since returned home.