The British government is to establish a modern eye hospital in Ghana to serve as a centre for the treatment of eye injuries and deformities.
Work on the hospital, estimated at hundreds of thousands of Ghana cedis, is expected to begin in two weeks.
The Vice-President, Mr. John Dramani Mahama, made this known yesterday when the outgoing British High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. Nicholas Westcott, called on him at the Castle, Osu, to bid him farewell after his three-year duty tour of Ghana.
Mr. Westcott has been appointed Managing Director of the European Union (EU) Africa Project in Brussels.
Mr. Mahama said he received a letter for the commencement of the hospital project from the British government last week, noting that the hospital would be “a true symbol” of friendship between Ghana and Britain.
The Vice-President commended the British government for supporting the processes leading to the implementing of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) through the Department for International Development (DFID).
He noted that the British government has cut down support for Ghana due to challenges facing the British economy and mentioned the suspension of support for the Ghana Staff College as an example.
Mr. Mahama said Ghana’s relations with Britain has been strengthened under Mr. Westcott and wished him well in his new endeavour.
Mr. Westcott commended Ghana for its democratic credentials and noted that Ghana has strong democratic institutions.
He again lauded Ghana for its “willingness to engage in open debate” among the people and with foreign partners.
That feat, he said, ensured transparency in discussions on how to go forward.
Mr. Westcott said Ghana and Britain have built trade and business relations over the 4 years which have been made possible through the support of the two governments.
He expressed the hope that relations between the two nations would be further strengthened.
Source: Daily Graphic