Rating Member of the Well being Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh said the guarantee has nothing to do with the combat against COVID-19. He urged the president to present his sincerity in the battle towards the fatal pandemic.
Speaking in a televised tackle to the nation for the duration of his updates on Ghana’s condition on the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday, April 26, 2020, he claimed “There are 88 districts in our region devoid of hospitals. We have 6 new areas with no regional hospitals. We do not have infectious sickness command centres dotted across the nation and we will not have plenty of testing and isolation centres for ailments like COVID-19. We need to do a thing urgently about this.”
“That is why the govt has made the decision to undertake a significant financial commitment in our healthcare infrastructure – the greatest in our history. We will, this 12 months, get started developing 88 hospitals in the districts devoid of hospitals. It will imply 10 in Ashanti, nine in Volta, nine in Central, eight in Eastern, 7 in Bigger Accra, 7 in Upper East, five in Northern, five in Oti, five in Higher West, 5 in Bono, 4 in Western North, 4 in Western, a few in Ahafo, three in Savannah, two in Bono East and two in North-Easter regions.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
“Every single of them will be a quality, typical structure 100-mattress healthcare facility with accommodation for medical practitioners, nurses, and other wellbeing personnel and the intention is to entire them inside of a year,” he additional.
Responding to the President’s handle, the NDC MP stated the guarantee designed by Nana Addo is unfortunate.
In an job interview on Accra-based Course FM, he mentioned “That’s in which I got very sad, that’s exactly where I saw that the President was employing that chance to, if you like, start his guarantees for 2020 campaign.
“They reported this in their manifesto. It is not even legitimate that he’s saying this out of COVID-19. There is no correlation involving COVID-19 and these health facilities he’s likely to develop for the reason that I do not believe the President is expressing that we have to hold out for a yr for us to end these infrastructures in advance of these infrastructures will assistance us struggle COVID-19.”
He mentioned that given that that promise was captured in the NPP’s 2016 manifesto, “they simply cannot explain to me that they’ve, all of a sudden, realised the wellbeing sector is significant… They did not do that for the previous 3-and-a-50 percent several years.”
“88 hospitals in 1 12 months, clearly it is not in this budget, so, how very long is it heading to choose the cabinet to even approve it? How lengthy is it going to appear to Parliament for us to take into consideration it? How prolonged are you going to protected these money? How lengthy is it heading to acquire to be disbursed? How lengthy will the bidding and procurement procedures be carried out? How extended will it acquire the contractor to go to the web page? he asked.