Authorities has strongly denied claims that it has deserted some well being infrastructural tasks began by the earlier authorities.
“Authorities has by no means deserted any well being facility that was began by the earlier authorities,” Well being Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu said Tuesday
The Akufo-Addo authorities has just lately been criticized by some Ghanaians and teams, significantly from the Nationwide Democratic Congress, for allegedly abandoning the development of some hospital services throughout the nation which had been began underneath the Mahama administration.
Some critics have questioned why President Nana Akufo-Addo has introduced to construct some 94 new hospitals throughout the nation when ones already began with taxpayers’ cash have been left to rot.
However at a information briefing in Accra Mr Agyeman-Manu stated it’s not true that the Akufo-Addo authorities has deserted infrastructural tasks within the well being sector inherited from the earlier authorities.
In keeping with him, “nothing has been deserted” indicating that a few of these inherited tasks have been accomplished by the Akufo-Addo authorities whereas others are presently progressing steadily with some challenges on a couple of.
He stated building work on some 10 clinics within the Central Area which was began in 2016 have been accomplished and commissioned.
Section two of the improve of the Tamale Instructing Hospital Section which began in 2015 has additionally been accomplished, he stated.
Work on section 1 of the 500-bed capability College of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC), he famous, has been accomplished with section 2 stated to be nearing completion.
“We’ve accomplished section 1. As I converse, section 2 is getting nearer to completion” Mr Agyeman-Manu stated, noting the hospital is presently at 70 p.c operationalization.
“We anticipate to finish your complete facility and operationalize absolutely by October this 12 months,” he stated.
Additionally, building of Ministry of Well being workplaces which he stated they inherited and did some modification to, “has additionally been accomplished absolutely”.
On the growth of the radiotherapy at Korle-Bu Instructing Hospital and Komfo Anokye Instructing Hospital “had been deserted earlier than we assumed workplace”.
He stated a mortgage facility that had been organized for the venture had points however indicated, “We’ve managed to clear the challenges we had with the venture implementation and as I converse work is ongoing on these two tasks…Hope to complete by shut of the 12 months”.
Pertaining to the development of two regional and 6 district hospitals, the Minister stated these had been tasks that had been designed and loans regarded for underneath President John Kufuor’s administration.
“Work truly began on a few of the websites between 2009 and 2016. None of those eight tasks received accomplished. There have been challenges” he said.
The Wa Regional Hospital, he stated, has been commissioned and in use, including “We’ve accomplished the Ga East District Hospital” which he stated is now being as a significant remedy centre for covid-19.
“All different websites like Twifo Praso, Konongo Odumase, Nsawkaw, Tepa and Salaga are seeing progress,” he stated, noting authorities is anticipating to finish the Tepa and Nsawkaw ones by shut of June.
“The remaining can be accomplished round October or November,” he added.
On the development of seven district hospitals and built-in IT programs in Boha, Fomena, Kumawu, Abetifi, Garu-Tempane, Sekondi and Takoradi, the Minister stated there have been challenges with the venture.
In keeping with Mr. Agyeman-Manu, within the first quarter of 2017 he wrote to the finance minister to resume the expired LC to allow the contractor safe funds to finish the tasks.
“the earlier authorities for some causes refused to resume the LC to allow the contractor asses funding way back to July 2016 so the tasks had been deserted earlier than we assumed workplace,” he defined.
He added: “The one one which had been accomplished and in use was the Dodowa venture, others had been at numerous levels of completion”.
Mr Agyeman-Manu stated he has for the previous three years to get the contractor to get again to work on the tasks to finish identical however with out success regardless of a number of correspondents and engagements.
“On evaluation we understand that when you examine cash left sitting down as steadiness within the account and work left un-done, you would simply see that the cash couldn’t full the venture so there was the necessity for some audit to be carried out,” he stated.
That audit, he stated, was performed and the report suggested that the contract was terminated but he continued to make use of dialogue to get the contractor again to work whereas they resolve points across the venture.
However the Minister stated the contractor has been evasive and declined to even present authorities with some documentations together with a invoice of portions which they requested for.
“We’ve determined to terminate the contract, search for one other contractor who has capability to come back in to do the work”
He was optimistic that when authorities is ready to resolve the problems on time, the tasks could possibly be accomplished by the tip of the 12 months.