Minority Caucus on Health Committee inspects abandoned Health Projects in ER
The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh has said Ghanaians are not angry enough to pile pressure on the government to sit up to complete these projects.
The Minority caucus of Parliamentary on Health Committee has visited the Eastern region to inspect abandoned health projects which were given to contract on their regime.
The committee members visited the abandoned Abetifi Hospital, the Yilo Krobo District Hospital in Somanya yet to be operational and other Health facilities across the entire Eastern Region.
The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, said Ghanaians are not angry enough to pile pressure on the government to sit up to complete these projects.
He said the government has demonstrated that it does not take the health of the citizenry seriously.
He called for rewarding the abandoned projects to contract for their completion and operationalization to serve residents the needed quality healthcare.
He opined that “the people of Abetifi deserve better than this. We have a Minister responsible for health, and the president himself must be held responsible. I think we are not angry enough…! That is why we have come back here after two years. For us, not until these hospitals have been operationalized, we will not relax. We need results and the government must ensure the project is completed".
He emphasized, that the government must “assess the structure, repackage, and quickly re-award it for the good people of Abetifi to also benefit from the facility”.
Abetifi residents, two weeks ago demonstrated over the abandoned hospital.
Recently, a group calling itself Concerned Citizens of Kwahu East District in the Eastern Region on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, also hit the street of Abetifi, the district capital to register their displeasure over an abandoned District hospital left uncompleted over five years.
The abandoned Abetifi Hospital is part of the six new District Hospitals John Mahama-led NDC government was constructing under a $175 million contract signed with NMS Infrastructure LTD of the United Kingdom in 2012.
The other beneficiary districts were Kumawu, Fomena and Garu-Timpane, Dodowa District Hospital, and Somanya. While some of the hospitals have been completed, others have been abandoned.
The demonstration which saw the people of Kwahu Abetifi coming out in their numbers follows several complaints about government neglect of the project for many years.
The convener of the group, Mr Godwin Ntiamoah, who addressed the media said, all efforts made to call the government’s attention to the project have proved futile.
William Ofori Akwaboa, Eastern Regional Correspondent