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Central Medical Stores to be reconstructed this year - Health Minister

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu says the Central Medical Stores will be reconstructed before the end of this year.

According to him, the reconstruction is part of some projects to be carried out in the health sector this year.

The facility was consumed by fire in 2015 and has since affected basic medical supplies to neighbouring countries.

“We have also aligned the construction and equipping of some hospitals before the end of the year. The sub-regional hospital in Tema, the reconstruction of the central medical stores, construction and equipping of Shama district hospitals, construction, and equipping of trauma hospitals in Anyinam and Obuasi. Refurbishment and equipping of Ngleshie and Obuasi hospitals again”, he revealed said this during the sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of the Korle- Bu Maternity and Urology and Nephrology Centres.

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On January 13, 2015, a fire outbreak took away the over GH¢200 million Central Medical Stores (CMS) in Tema.

It was established that arson was the cause of the fire that razed down Ghana’s medical repository, the Central Medical Stores (CMS).

This attack destroyed about GH¢261 million worth of medicines and other consumables which seriously affected the healthcare delivery of the country.

The Central Medical Store was the storage facility where Ghana’s medical equipment and drugs were stored for onward distribution to health facilities across the country.

Following this, the Ministry of Health approved the reconstruction of the ultra-modern facility at the cost of GH¢8 million by NMS Infrastructure Limited, a British-owned construction firm.

The reconstruction of Ghana’s medical reserve and supplies has been in limbo until now.