Mahama says the hospital project will not be completed before the NPP leaves. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut sod on Tuesday (17 August 2021) to start working on 88 of the 111 hospital projects.
He said hospitals under the government’s ambitious program under Agenda 111 would be completed within 18 months.
The president also announced that each hospital would cost $16.88 million.
President Akufo-Addo also stated that $12.88 million would be allocated for the construction of hospitals and $4 million for medical equipment.
“So far, 88 of the 111 hospitals have been identified, and after the groundbreaking ceremony, work on the remaining 87 sites will begin today [Tuesday].”
“The acquisition of the remaining 13 sites will soon be completed to start work. Each hospital is worth $16.88 million, which is $12.88 million to build and $4 million to procure medical equipment, with all hospitals completed within 18 months and work on regional and other hospitals starting later this year.
In doing so, he expressed his optimism that the project would bring about a turning point in the country’s health sector.
However, as part of a Thanksgiving tour of the area, Mahama said on GBC radio in the Upper East that the government had to show something about any loan, which is why they started the project.
“It was just an aftertthought that they suddenly realized they needed to build infrastructure, and Agenda 111 has been conjured with no transparency as to how the money for the projects are going to be procured.”.”
“Will it generate more credit when we already have this huge debt?” He asked.
Mr Mahama, who is on a national tour, also noted that the government has not shown its commitment to existing projects such as Bolga Central Hospital.
“The government needs to try to finish some of these projects, including some that have already started.”