Mr. Farid Fezoua, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President for General Electric Healthcare, the world digital industrial company that specializes in hospital equipment and other hospital items, has expressed commitment to offer good quality health delivery in Ghana.
According to him, GE is partnering with the Ridge Hospital, through Ghana Ministry of Health and Bouygues Batimat International, with the support of the US Government, to overhaul the facility with the latest equipment for healthcare.
Speaking to The Republic on a sidelines at the opening ceremony of the Ridge Hospital, now Greater Accra Regional Hospital, yesterday, Mr. Fezoua said the newly refurbished Accra Ridge Regional Hospital houses the single largest installation of GE Healthcare equipment in Ghana.
GE Healthcare, he explained, is on board as a technology partner through the supply and installation of various high-end medical equipment in the new facility.
“The upgraded hospital has almost trebled its bed count from 192 to 420 and a further 200 beds will be added in the second phase of the project,” he stated.
The hospital, which was initially commissioned by former President John Mahama, was yesterday morning officially opened to patients by the current Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu.
It is equipped with cutting edge diagnostic equipment, such as an ultramodern 1.5T MRI, a 64 slice CT scanner, an ultrasound imaging machine, a digital X-ray machine, a digital fluoroscopy machine; and a PACS/RIS system.
The hospital is also equipped for a full continuum of care across the radiology, maternal and infant care, cardiology and surgery care areas among others.
Mr. Fezoua said this affirms GEHealthcare’s commitment to bringing the latest advances in medical imaging technology and solutions to Ghana, through unique public-private partnerships, such as this one.”
He added, “Our world-class technology will allow clinicians at Greater Accra Regional Hospital to see and detect disease like never-before.”
The GE Healthcare CEO emphasized that the company was not just a supplier of equipment, but it has also adopted the role of a solutions partner, addressing global healthcare needs by providing technologies with clinically and economically relevant value propositions designed at low cost structures.
Additionally, he said the company has developed holistic solutions that aimed to improve clinical quality and patient outcomes; generating capital solutions and new business models to ensure project viability and long term sustainability, while advancing education, skills development and awareness of healthcare professionals to promote local capacity building.
Mr. Fezoua indicated the strategic goal in Ghana is to lay out several health-specific targets, including addressing the need for more equitable and sustainable development that promotes inclusive growth to the benefit of all Ghanaians.
The Greater Accra Regional Hospital is one of the modern and secondary level referral regional hospitals in Ghana, undergoing complete rehabilitation and upgrade.
It will cater for residents in the catchment area of the hospital, and this includes Nima, Mamobi and Accra Central, which have the highest population density.
The Greater Accra Regional Hospital upgrade is funded by US-Exim Bank and HSBC, designed by Perkins and Wills, supervised by CIMU-MOH/AECOM/CAPEX and built by Bouygues BÃ¢timent International (BBI).
He told the paper GE Healthcare has broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical and manufacturing technologies.
Its performance improvement and performance solutions services help customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost.
In addition, it partners with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.