A journalist with Accra-based Citi, Kojo Akoto Boateng has chided President Nana Akufo Addo for saying his government is going to build 88 hospitals within this year despite having just 8-months to end the year.
He even suggested the fund for the construction of the infamous National Cathedral can build at 15 0f the proposed hospitals. The President in his 8th Covid-19 Speech said:
“We will, this year, begin constructing 88 hospitals in the districts without hospitals. It will mean 10 in Ashanti, nine in Volta, nine in Central, eight in Eastern, seven in Greater Accra, seven in Upper East, five in Northern, five in Oti, five in Upper West, five in Bono, four in Western North, four in Western, three in Ahafo, three in Savannah, two in Bono East and two in North-Easter regions.
“Each of them will be a quality, standard design 100-bed hospital with accommodation for doctors, nurses and other health workers and the intention is to complete them within a year.
“We’ll also put in place plans for the construction of six new regional hospitals in the six new regions and the rehabilitation of the Efia Nkwanta Hospital in Sekondi, which is the regional hospital of the Western Region.”
In reaction, Mr Akoto Boateng indicated that money earmarked for the National Cathedral and the New Parliamentary Chamber (plans for the construction of which have now stalled) could put up fifteen district hospitals while insisting that his statement was completely useless.
“This is a completely useless piece of info. The cost of the National Cathedral (NC) + the proposed Parliament Chamber is about the cost of 15 district hospitals (DH). NC needs abt 14 acres. DH needs 4 acres like I said, this is a completely useless fact,” he tweeted.
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