President Nana Akufo-Addo during his 8th address to the nation on the measures against the spread of coronavirus on Sunday, 26th April 2020, urged Ghanaians that his government will begin the construction of 88 district hospitals this year.
According to the President, the hospitals will be constructed in districts lacking the facilities.
“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,” he stated.
But many people are doubting the feasibility of the project because no provision has been made in the 2020 budget to accommodate the project.
But Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in an interview on Peace FM’s morning show Krokroko, said, “one of the arguments I have heard concerning the project is that the construction of 88 hospitals is not part of the 2020 budget but the government is tasking the Finance and Health Ministries to secure funds for the project.”
He continued that the problem with these kinds of projects is not solely based on funding but the design models and the duration for the completion of the project.
The minister maintained that “the government will design models and sort for funding that will make it possible for the projects to be completed within a year as promised.”
But the minister said “it is not true that the government has intentional abandoned uncompleted projects despite the availability of funds and contractors who are ready to work on the projects. If you say there is no problem but we have intentional left the projects destroy then it not true.”