A newly completed hospital in Dodowa, Ghana delivered its first child on 28 June. The new Shai Osu-Doku Hospital is the first of six district hospitals being constructed and equipped for the Ministry of Health in Ghana by NMS Infrastructure Group.
The hospital complex has won a number of engineering accolades. At the London Civil Engineering Awards, Campbell Reith Hill, the civil and structural engineers behind the scheme, were awarded the Engineered in London Award which celebrates the best project designed in the Capital but built elsewhere. At the South East England Engineering Awards, the team won two further prizes: the Engineered in South East England and the Thames Valley Engineering Excellence Award.
The scheme, which cost around $25 million, has brought together the latest technologies and construction techniques to deliver a transformational project. Satellite imagery, drones, Revit 3D, and PDS 3D were all used by the construction team. The end result is a modern, state of the art facility with sustainable drainage, solar energy, modern composite wall systems and low energy self-sufficient sewerage treatment works.
The President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama opened the hospital on 4th April where he set out the need for Ghana to increase infrastructure investment in order to deal with an annual population growth rate of about two per cent, translating to about half a million persons every year.
Suzanne Moroney, Director of ICE London and South East England, said: "The Ghana District Hospitals project is an exemplary illustration of the core values of modern civil engineering. The hospitals will transform the lives of those living in each district and they have been engineered to provide an optimum solution bringing together the best of modern facilities, modern construction methods, knowledge transfer of these methods, and the use of new technologies to achieve a sustainable user friendly layout that economically addresses the site constraints.
"The news that the hospital has already delivered one baby is fantastic, showing how civil engineering can change lives across the world".
Mike Allen of Campbell Reith Hill said "This is a fantastic good news story at the culmination of this first stage of the district hospitals project. The new facilities will vastly increase capacity and improve the quality of healthcare in these areas of great need. We are very proud of our team and so pleased to see the results of the huge effort by everyone involved".