An infectious disease treatment centre has been to rot in Tamale in the Northern Region almost three years after its equipment were looted by the staff of the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
It was built at a cost of ¢1.5m cedis.
The specialized center was constructed as part of Ghana’s emergency preparedness and response to the outbreak of contagious disease following the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
Funded by the Korean government under the auspices of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the facility was commissioned in 2017, to serve as the first point of treatment for residents of northern Ghana in the event of an outbreak of any contagious disease.
The facility has a capacity of 20 beds, a water tanker and an ambulance bay as prescribed by the World Health Organization.
But, in January 2018, three months after a handing over ceremony, all the equipment estimated at ¢70,000 meant for the facility were discovered missing at the General Store of the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
Some of the equipment were later retrieved at a private health facility belonging to senior staff of the TTH.
He was not investigated.
Three casual workers were still standing trial for the plunder, however, the facility has remained far from being functional.
With the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus around the world, JoyNews visited the facility and found a deteriorating structure; one that is now a comfortable den for reptiles and grazing grounds for domestic flock.
The facility has also not yet been connected to power or any other utility.
Dusty floors, ceilings and fans are decorated with cobwebs, showing that the place has not been cleaned for a very long time.
Outside, doors are weak and walls are smothered in dirt.
A young man in his late 20s introduced as Caretaker of the facility, Alhassan Ibrahim, told JoyNews that since the TTH authorities have abandoned the facility, he has been spending his resources to maintain the facility the best he can.
Meanwhile, authorities are yet to pay his seven-month arrears.
Ibrahim also expressed worry at the state of the special treatment centre, adding that, residents in the neighbourhood have turned the centre to a space for open defecation.
He refused to speak on record for fear of being sacked.
The management of the Tamale Teaching Hospital refused to comment when contacted.
Officials of KOICA were also not available for comments.
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