The Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) has availed its professional expertise and services for free in support of the construction of a 100-bed capacity Infectious Disease Centre at Ga East Municipal Hospital at Kwabenya. The US$4.5 million project is being financed by the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund. When completed the new center will support government efforts at fighting the COVID-19  pandemic in Ghana.

President of Ghana Institution of Surveyors Dr. John Amaglo called on government to collaborate with Ghana’s built environment professional institutions to enable them to help build local capacity and save Ghana the high cost of contracting foreign consultants for government projects. Dr. Amaglo reiterated that Ghana’s professionals, including surveyors, architects, planners and engineers were capable of delivering to the highest level on any project assigned to them. Dr. Amaglo announced that GhIS was offering pro-bono consultancy to the project as its contribution to complement government efforts in the fight against the coronavirus disease.

Mr. Senyo Hosi, Managing Trustee of the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund commended the generosity of members and donors of the Fund who had given of their time, energy and resources at a time when businesses were struggling and personal finances were challenging. Mr. Hosi commended GhIS and other professional institutions such as the Ghana Institute of Architects, the Planners and Engineers for their time and dedication to the project. He observed that it was the priceless dedication of time and expertise by these professionals that had brought the project to its present state.

Mr. Hosi expressed the hope that the project would serve as a benchmark or a model that governments and key construction industry players in Ghana would use to re-orient their views about Ghana’s own technical and engineering expertise. Mr. Hosi also encouraged government to work with Ghana’s professionals to save Ghana money.

Credits: GNA