An aide to former President John Dramni Mahama, Joyce Bawa Mogtari says President Akufo-Addo’s promise of building 88 District hospitals and 6 Regional hospitals are lies. She is advising the president to make full use of hospitals build by his predecessor which he has abandoned.
According to her, they are just one of the ridiculous promises the New Patriotic Party and their leader is known for.
She said this in reaction to the President’s promise during his eight update on measures taken by government to contain the deadly coronavirus and help fight future pandemics.
To her, there is no need for investing in building new hospitals when there are some scattered across the country which have been left to rot.
She noted that it’s imperative that government rather focuses on hospitals which are scattered across the country and have ben abandoned to the mercy of the weather and invest the money for the new hospitals into reviving the economy which is currently in the ICU.
She said in a tweet that “What’s the plan for all of us as Ghanaians? Do we need to be promised unrealistic goals for the purpose of speech making? 88 hospitals within a year is a lie. We have hospitals, put them to use and let’s put the money back into the economy for the people of Ghana”.
President Akufo-Addo during his eighth update to the country told Ghanaians government has taken note of of deficit in the number of health facilities in the country and intend to build some 88 District hospitals and 6 Regional hospitals.
He said “There are eighty-eight (88) districts in our country without district hospitals; we have six (6) new regions without regional hospitals; we do not have 5 infectious disease control centres dotted across the country; and we do not have enough testing and isolation centres for diseases like COVD-19. We must do something urgently about this. That is why Government has decided to undertake a major investment in our healthcare infrastructure, the largest in our history. We will, this year, begin constructing eighty-eight (88) hospitals in the districts without hospitals.
It will mean ten (10) in Ashanti, nine (9) in Volta, nine (9) in Central, eight (8) in Eastern, seven (7) in Greater Accra, seven (7) in Upper East, five (5) in Northern, five (5) in Oti, five (5) in Upper West, five (5) in Bono, four (4) in Western North, four (4) in Western, three (3) in Ahafo, three (3) in Savannah, two (2) in Bono East, and two (2) in North East Regions.
Each of them will be a quality, standard-design, one hundredbed hospital, with accommodation for doctors, nurses and other health workers, and the intention is to complete them within a year. We have also put in place plans for the construction of six (6) new regional hospitals in the six (6) new regions, and the rehabilitation of the EffiaNkwanta Hospital, in Sekondi, which is the regional hospital of the Western Region. We are going to beef up our existing laboratories, and establish new ones across every region for testing. We will establish three (3) infectious disease control centres for each of the zones of our country, i.e. Coastal, Middle Belt and Northern, with the overall objective of setting up a Ghana Centre for Disease Control. The recent, tragic CSM outbreak, with over forty (40) deaths, has reaffirmed the need for ready access to such infectious disease control centres, even though, in our time, nobody should die of the disease”.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/Ayeh Offei-Akoto/2020