Former Health Minister under the John Mills administration, Dr Sipa Yankey says it is unrealistic for the Akufo-Addo government to build 88 regional hospitals in a year.
The President announced plans to build the facilities to help address challenges in Ghana’s Health sector.
Mr Yankey says it is never possible but the idea is a great one and if worked on over a period of time it would be beneficial.
“I don’t see how realistic within one year anybody or any government can build 88 district hospitals, he has done well to come up with the idea but it is not possible, I don’t have any faith in this plans. To do this you will have to negotiate, agree on terms of condition, go to parliament and cabinet for approval, it is just not possible to do all these within a year”.
The President in his 8th address to the nation on Covid-19 said the new six regions and some 88 districts in the country are without hospitals.
Former Minister for Health, Alex Segbefia also beleives that President Akufo-Addo’s recent pledge to build hospitals was just to score political points.
According to the President, this will be a major investment in healthcare infrastructure and the largest in the history of the country.
Ever since the President made this promise, there has been divided opinions as some believe it is in the right direction and can be achieved, others also say this will not be possible as the government has not been able to do much in terms of infrastructure in the health sector.