Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta says President Akufo-Addo’s promise to build some 88 district hospitals will begin his next term.
The President in April this year announced the construction of hospitals in some 88 districts across the country.
He promised that the construction of these facilities will begin this year.
This promised received several backlashes from the opposition National Democratic Congress ( NDC) who said this was only a political promise and it was never feasible.
Presenting the 2020 Mid-Year Budget Review on July 23, 2020, Ken Ofori-Atta disclosed that government is committed to fulfilling that promise but it will begin if Akufo-Addo retains power.
“The pandemic has also brought to the fore a gap in our health delivery system, that is why with urgency we have effectively coordinated a sustainable long term response to the health needs of the people under the agenda 111 previously agenda 88 initiative which has to do with building of hospitals. We will design, build and equip new hospitals, every district will have one and there will also be new regional hospitals. This demonstrates the government’s commitment, the hospitals will be built by Ghanaians in President Akufo-Addo’s next term.”
The President in April said : “There are 88) districts in our country without district hospitals; we have six (6) new regions without regional hospitals; we do not have five infectious disease control centres dotted across the country; and we do not have enough testing and isolation centres for diseases like COVD-19. We must do something urgently about this. That is why Government has decided to undertake a major investment in our healthcare infrastructure, the largest in our history. We will, this year, begin constructing 88 hospitals in the districts without hospitals,”
Regional breakdown of district hospitals
Greater Accra (7)
Upper East (7)
Upper West (5)
Western North (5)
Bono East (2)
North East (2)