President Akufo-Addo has spelt out the main challenge confronting his ambition at constructing some one hundred and eleven (111) health facilities, including standard 100-bed district hospitals for one hundred and one (101) districts without hospitals, six (6) new regional hospitals for each of the six (6) new regions, the rehabilitation of the Effia-Nkwanta Hospital in the Western Region, one (1) new regional hospital for the Western Region, and three (3) psychiatric hospitals for each of the three (3) zones in Ghana.
According to the president the difficult aspect of the project, which was projected to be completed 12 months after its commencement, is in securing suitable lands for the projects.
“I have to report that, like all major construction projects, it is evident that the initial schedule we gave for the completion of Agenda 111 was overly ambitious. Identifying suitable sites around the country, for example, has turned out to be even more problematic than had been anticipated.”
Nevertheless, he noted that work is already in force on 87 of them with assurances that preliminary work on the remaining twenty-four (24) sites is ongoing.
He emphasised his quest to complete the project to “a successful end, which will enable me to commission all one hundred and eleven (111) hospitals before I leave office on 7th January 2025”.
The President said the project will create some thirty-three thousand, nine hundred (33,900) jobs for construction workers, and, upon completion, some thirty-four thousand, three hundred (34,300) jobs for health workers.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini