The 37 Military Hospital, the University of Ghana Teaching Hospital and the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, are to benefit from two primary substations to be constructed at Kanda and Legon respectively.
The project, which forms part of the Ghana Power Compact Program, is also to assist in reducing technical losses at the Electricity Company of Ghana, ECG.
The CEO of the Millennium Development Authority, Martin Eson-Benjamin, at a meeting with officials of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the contractors, was hopeful the project to be completed by August 2021, will enhance the provision of quality healthcare services as power supply will largely be stabilized.
He explained that: “The primary sub-stations and interconnecting circuits, will improve power supply, reliability and reduce technical losses and address volts profile of three of the biggest hospitals. This is more of a health-driven infrastructure. We wish we could do more because the country needs more of these.”
MiDA has also announced that it will embark on an exercise to improve electricity supply to ten selected markets in Accra and Tamale, in order to reduce the incidence of market fires.
The CEO of the Authority, Martin Eson-Benjamin, who disclosed this to Citi Business News, said the agency will help in the provision of electricity which will enhance the activity of security personnel to clamp down on perpetrators of market fires due to the negligence or intentional acts of vendors or other users of such facilities.
The Kaneshie and Makola markets in Accra, as well as the Lamashegu market in Tamale, are tipped as part of the first batch of beneficiaries of this program.
Mr. Eson-Benjamin is hopeful the move should also reduce the losses associated with such avoidable market fires.
The intervention by MiDA follows numerous fires at various market centers dotted across the country. Though the causes of the fires have not been made public despite investigations, there have been suspicions that some of the fires were caused by poor electrical wiring.