Eco-Medical Village (EMV) will be a State of the Art International Hospital Complex for the top hierarchy and upper class citizens and residents of the West African sub region, who usually go to South Africa, North America, Europe, Cuba and India for medical care.
The hospital is intended to be located in Accra, the Capital of Ghana with Satellite Units in all the countries in the sub-region. This report is the business plan for the implementation of the above project proposal .
Summary Description of Project
A 380-Ward State of the Art International Hospital Complex, Eco-Medical Hospital, for the
top hierarchy and upper class citizens and residents of the West African sub region, who usually go to South Africa, North America, Europe, Cuba and India for medical care. The hospital is intended to be
located in Accra, the Capital of Ghana with Satellite Units in all the countries in the sub-region. The Eco Medical Hospital will have:The Eco-Medical Village (EMV) will take place in Accra on a 40 acre land and will consist of the following components:
- Underground Parking Space for 1,000 Vehicles
- 300- General Wards ( a Ward per Patient)
- 3 ensuite rooms, etc.o 40- Suite Wards: c/w lounge, study,
- 40 – Special Wards for Disaster Management and in case of emergencies in the ECOWAS sub- region
- General OPD Section
- General Medicine Centre
- Urology and Nephrology (Dialysis) Centre
- Ophthalmology Centre
- Somatology Centre
- Cardiology Centre
- Burn Centre
Neuro Surgery and Neuro Science
- Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery Centre
- Centre for Blood Diseases and Cancer Management
- Orthopedic & Sport Medicine Centre
- Diagnostics and Imaging Centre
- Blood Bank
- Dispensary & Stores
- Nurses Station
- Paramedic Services with Helicopters and Fleet of Ambulances
Each of the Medical Centres will have at least 2 Theatre Units, and each unit will have
Discussion/Briefing Room, Anesthesia Room plus Storage, Scrub-up Room prior to surgery, the Theatre, After Surgery Wash down Room, 5 Recovery Wards for people and 5 Intensive Care Units. The major centres i.e. for diagnostics will have back-up equipment for higher reliability.
- A 120-Ward State of the Art International Hospital for Women and Children
- A Medical Shopping Mall for ‘Everything Heath Care’
- Hotels (2 Types i.e. 4-Star 150 Trendy Executive Room Hotel and 2-Star 150 Standard Room Hotel) for the Families and Staff of Patients and Potential Patients
- Rooms; employing a highly trained team and providing top level careHome for the Elderly, comprising of 130 Housing Schemes and Apartment Complexes for the general public and for Medical Specialists. These specialist could refer their patients to an address in the EMV periodical basis. The doctors will have access to Support Staff and to Diagnostic Analysis and use of the Theatres, using offices in the Medical Mall.
- Insurance Scheme: The insurance scheme, which is to be known as Eco-Med Insurance, is a closely related project to the International Hospital. The Eco-Med Card will be sold in the major banks in the West African sub-region to citizens of ECOWAS. The premium will be 4 grades i.e. Gold, Platinum, Silver and Bronze, targeting the middle and upper class citizens of ECOWAS sub- region. Each grade will have its insurance policy and corresponding benefits.
- Donor Card Scheme: The donor card idea is to encourage citizens of the sub-region to undertake to donate organs in case of fatal accidents. The families of the donors are proposed to receive support for each participation. The idea of the support or assurance is to enhance the development of donor participation in West Africa
- Paramedic and Nursing Training College: The project will be a centre of excellence in training Paramedic and Nurses for the countries in the sub-region
- Paramedic Services with Air and Road Ambulances: The staff of the Eco Medical Village and its culture will reflect its international nature. For this, specialists from around the world and from West African countries, who are multilingual and with inter-cultural background will render services to the ‘guests’ of the EMV. The project will have Linkages with major Pharmaceutical Companies,Within the first 10 years of operation, the EMV will develop the Satellite Hospital Units into full International Hospitals, thus replicating the idea in every country in the Sub-region. Universities, Hospitals and Health Care Research Centres in the World. In short, the project would be the leading Health Care Centre in the sub-region and would rival any such project in any part of the world.
The main target of the project comprises the citizens in the West African sub-region, who usually go to other parts of the world for medical check-up and care.the leading Health Care Centre in the sub-region and would rival any such project in any part of the world.
The EMV will be international in nature and ethos. It will provide services with modern patient and guest centred designs, facilities and technology to principally improve the health of patients and
create a magnificent working environment for staff. The idea is to give a five star ultra-serene environment, approach and attention to patients and guests to all EMV facilities.
Multi-lingual Guest Service Agents or Concierge will be assigned to patients/guests and potential patients/guests and receive them either at the airport or the hospital. The Concierge will plan their itinerary and undertake any other plans i.e. taking the patient’s family to visit the Accra Eco Park, and other tourism hot spots in Ghana, shopping malls, etc.
Finally, it is important to indicate that for the Patients/’Guests’ of the EMV and Eco-Med Policyholders, the focus will be promoting health with various mailings of simple information as guidance to good health, protecting health by undertaking planned check-ups and restoring the health of those, who have had an affliction of some sort may patronise its services.
Rationale for the Project
For decades West Africa has been focusing on providing health care services, mainly medical care. Indeed very little attention has been given to the promotion, protection and restoration of health. It has thus been the practice, as it were, to identify diseases and develop programmes to control them, rather than promote good health. The Disease Burden in West Africa includes:
- The eradication of other diseases such as guinea worm and trachoma, which are dependent on the provision of safe and potable water without much success due to challenges in the provision of safe water
- Efforts to control HIV/ AIDS have been focused on the creation of awareness, and so far, the countries have spent a lot of resources to create awareness, and yet this has not been translated into a major behavioural change
- Efforts to control the Ebola menace in West Africa
- Non Communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and cancer that were earlier attributed to developed countries are now becoming major causes of mortality, morbidity and disability in the West African sub-region
- Alarming numbers of Maternal and Infant Mortality
- High malnutrition children less than five years of age
- Malaria has maintained the dishonourable title as the number one killer, especially for pregnant women and children
- Upsurge of road and occupational accidents
For the main target of this project, the numbers 4, 5, 7 and 8 are most relevant. Most diseases and injuries are however related to:
- Indiscipline in the society and specifically on the roads and with regard to noise pollution;
- Lack of enforcement of laws on occupational safety and health hazards;
- Lack of personal hygiene;
- Lack of exercise
- Lack of rest and recreation; (the weekends are overcrowded with unnecessary events)
- The reckless lifestyles filled with alcohol and drug abuse;
- Eating contaminated food;
- Consumption of unsafe water;
- Poor nutrition consisting of foods saturated with fat, sugar and salt; and
- Unsanitary environments
- Unhealthy lifestyles i.e. glorification of Obesity, Skin toning, Smoking, Excessive alcohol intake, Lack of rest (working from Monday to Friday and Funerals on Saturdays and Church on Sundays), etc.
With or without any serious endeavour to reduce the burden of disease, and even though this project targets the top hierarchy of the ECOWAS countries, there is the need for more of such interventions to address the health care needs of West Africans.
Finally, the health care expenditure per capita in West African sub-region is estimated to be US$67. Thus the total health care expenditure for the region could be above 22.78 Billion US Dollars.