The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has debunked allegations that the health projects started by the erstwhile John Mahama administration has been abandoned by the current government.
The President in his eighth COVID-19 address to the nation last Sunday hinted of plans to build 88 new health facilities in some districts as well as regional hospitals for the newly created regions.
According to him, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo since assuming office in 2017 has worked assiduously to revive health projects which were started under the erstwhile Mahama administration.
“Government after assuming office on the 7th of January 2017 has never abandoned any health facility that was started by the previous government. I have to reemphasize that the government has never abandoned any health facility that was started before we assumed office,” the Health Minister noted.
Backing his claims with evidence, the Health Minister listed several health projects which began under the Mahama administration which has either been completed by the ruling Akufo-Addo government or in the construction process.
He noted, however, that most of the hospitals were commissioned by himself or the President.
“I want to recount some of the projects that we came to meet that were not completed which we have taken time and resources to complete. I’ll start from the construction and equipping of 10 clinics in the Central Region…these were started in 2016. They were scheduled to be completed in 2018 and I’m glad to inform the nation that I myself has gone round to commission them…,” he said.
Kwaku Agyemang-Manu also emphasized that a contractor has been selected for the continuation of phase 2 of the Ridge Hospital rehabilitation project which was commenced by the erstwhile Mahama administration.
The Ridge Hospital now renamed the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, was built in 1928.
The decision to build the new district and regional hospitals has received backlash mainly from the opposition NDC who accused the government of abandoning health projects started under the Mahama administration while nurturing new ones.