Former NDC Central Regional Chairman, Allotey Jacobs, says the President Akufo-Addo’s promise of building eighty-eight (88) health facilities in districts in a year isn’t achievable.
According to him, the president’s promise is nothing but a grand deception calculated for votes in the 2020 general polls.
The President in his eighth address to the nation on Sunday night mentioned that about eighty eight district health facilities will be put up following the outbreak and spread of the novel COVID-19. He emphasized that the Coronavirus has exposed the massive gap in health infrastructure in the country and therefore, the need for government to attend to it.
“There are 88 districts in our country without hospitals. We have six new regions without regional hospitals. We do not have infectious disease control centres dotted across the country and we don’t have enough testing and isolation centres for diseases like COVID-19. We must do something urgently about this.”
“That is why the government has decided to undertake a major investment in our healthcare infrastructure – the largest in our history. 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” Nana-Addo said in his address.
But Allotey Jacobs, speaking on Peace FM’s Kokroko, doubted the President’s commitment to the project, saying ”this promise made by President Akufo-Addo is a grand deception calculated for votes and not intended to be kept. President Akufo-Addo has realized that he has failed Ghanaians.
‘’He couldn’t utilize the power given him about four years now for development especially in the health sector regarding the health of Ghanaians. He has failed Ghanaians woefully but he has realized this year is an election year and is more concerned about deceiving the people to win their votes. The first point I want to make and make very forcefully is this promise is an absolute lie… The President doesn’t have any good intention to put it into good use”.