A former health minister Dr. George Sipa-Adjah Yankey has described as unrealistic, government’s intention to construct 88 hospitals in one year.
He argued that procurement processes alone could take several months hence he does not believe the President’s promise to build 88 district hospitals including 8 regional hospitals.
“I don’t see how realistic, within one year, any government, anybody anywhere can build 88 district hospitals and 8 regional hospitals. It’s not possible. I think the president…he means very well but I don’t think what he said could be done.” He argued.
Dr. Sipa Yankey expressed his concerns on The Pulse on JoyNews Television, Wednesday.
According to the former health minister under President John Evans Atta Mills administration, he has no faith in government to achieve such an audacious goal given the processes government would need to go through.
“I don’t have any faith that within one year, one year!, to build 88 district hospitals, you have to negotiate the loan facility, agree on the terms of conditions, go to parliament, go to cabinet for approval, go to parliament for approval.” The former CEO of the Ghana Gas Company explained.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his 8th Address of the Nation with updates on the Covid-19 situation in the country, last weekend, revealed that 88 districts in the country did not have hospitals including the six newly created regions.
He further stated that government therefore had decided to undertake major construction of quality standard hospitals in all 88 districts in a year as the Coronavirus pandemic had exposed the unequal distribution of health facilities in the country.