AfDB Funds New Hospital in Burkina Faso

14/08/2012
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The African Development Bank Group has financed a new hospital in Tenkodogo, Burkina Faso, designed to bring better healthcare facilities to the region. The official inauguration of the hospital was held recently in Tenkodogo, attended by government officials and representatives from neighbouring communities.

The new fully equipped 200-bed hospital, valued at an estimated €31 million, was financed entirely by the Bank. The project is part of the government’s healthcare support programme in the east-central and northern regions of the country. It will serve the people of the region who formerly had to travel up to 160 kilometres for treatment in hospitals in Ouagadougou.

“Like the hospital in Ouahigouya, which the AfDB inaugurated recently and which has become the pride of the entire country, this high quality health infrastructure reinforces the vision of the government to provide each region with its own hospital,” Prime Minister Luc Adolphe Tiao said. Mr. Tiao commended the Bank for the successful implementation of the project in particular, and for its continued support to the country as well as its excellent relations with Burkina Faso.

A representative of the new hospital noted that the medical staff will now be better equipped to effectively manage healthcare delivery in the region as they strive to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“The people are very happy to have this hospital and will make good use of it,” observed a local teacher and beneficiary of the project. “This hospital will considerably help to improve the quality of healthcare and comes as a great relief to the people of the east-central region. Everyone is pleased because every service is available at the hospital. People will no longer have to worry about doing certain medical tests or seeking treatment for certain illnesses,” she added.