Minister-designate for Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has explained why President Akufo-Addo’s promise to construct 88 hospitals has not yet materialized.
Facing Parliament’s Appointments Committee on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, he said the President’s pledge was a vision.
He noted that a committee was set up for this purpose, adding that the district assemblies that are supposed to provide lands for the hospitals are yet to complete their work.
“What the president said was his vision and that should have translated to actual work,” Mr. Agyeman-Manu said during his vetting, as quoted by Starrfm.com.gh.
“Indeed, some work was done, a committee was set up at the presidency chaired by the Chief of Staff and I was a member…we wrote to district assemblies for land and site plans but as we speak 13 of those assemblies are yet to complete their work…and that is why we are where we are.”
It will be recalled that in April 2020, President Akufo-Addo said his government would begin the construction of 88 hospitals in the 88 districts to boost health delivery across the country.
This was after the country recorded its first wave of Coronavirus infections, with hospitals flooding with patients. But as we speak, the 88 hospitals have not yet materialized.