President Nana Akufo-Addo who last year around this time announced the construction of 88 hospitals in some 88 districts across the country to be completed in one year has not delivered even 1.
The President had promised in his eighth address to the nation on 26 April last year that he will build the 88 hospitals in one year giving a detailed breakdown.
“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,” he said.
“Each of them will be a quality, standard-design, one hundred bed hospital, with accommodation for doctors, nurses and other health workers, and the intention is to complete them within a year. We have also put in place plans for the construction of six new regional hospitals in the six new regions, and the rehabilitation of the Effia Nkwanta Hospital, in Sekondi, which is the regional hospital of the Western Region.”
The standard 100 -bed facilities which will be in districts without hospitals will also have accommodation for staff.
President Akufo-Addo also reiterated the government’s plans of building regional hospitals in the six new regions to boost healthcare delivery in the country.
The National breakdown of the hospital distribution was like this: Ashanti (10)
Greater Accra (7)
Upper East (7)
Upper West (5)
Western North (5)
Bono East (2)
North East (2)