President Nana Akufo-Addo has promised that the country that 88 new district hospitals will be constructed across the country starting this year.
He made this revelation during his 8th address to the nation on measures employed in the fight against the novel coronavirus, on Sunday, 26th April 2020.
He maintained that “There are 88 districts in the country which has no district hospitals, six new regions without regional hospitals, the country does not have five infectious disease control centres dotted across the country, no enough isolation and testing centres for pandemics like COVID-19. We must do something urgently about this.”
“That is why this government has decided to undertake a significant investment in our healthcare infrastructure, this year, we will begin the construction of 88 hospitals in the districts lacking the facilities,” he added
He continued that the facilities will be the standard 100-bed facility with the required quality and standard design which has provision for accommodation for health workers. The government also has the intention of completing the project within a year.
The 88 hospitals will be distributed as follows; 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.
President Nana Akufo-Addo also disclosed that they have laid down plans for the construction of six regional hospitals for the newly created regions including the rehabilitation of the Western Regional hospital, the Effia Nkwatan Hospital.