The Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has said that the 10 polyclinics that were being constructed by former President Mahama’s administration in the Central Region have all been completed and commissioned by the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo-led-government.
Mr. Agyeman-Manu disclosed this at a press conference held in Accra on Thursday, 19 September 2019.
According to the minister, the various polyclinics in Potsin, Bimpong Egya, Etsii Sunkwa, Ekumfi Naakwa, Dawurampong, Mampong, Biriwa, and Bisease were commissioned in August 2018.
The minister said: “They were commissioned as at August 2018. I went there physically to commission the facilities after completion. When we came, they were at the very early stages of construction, and all of them, I signed not less than 32 certificates for them to access funds to continue work.”
Mr. Agyeman-Manu emphasized that upon commissioning of the projects, the former deputy minister of Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson, accused him of taking credit for the project started by the erstwhile Mahama administration.
“I told honorable this was started by the previous regime and we don’t have any obligation to leave them standing so we had continued and completed just like president Mills commissioned the N1 motorway that was started by Kufuor. In the same spirit, President Akufo-Addo will do what was left behind”, the Minister noted.
Meanwhile, in the Greater Accra Region, five polyclinics have also been completed. These projects are located in Ashaiman, Botiano, Sege, Adenta, and Oduman.
The minister pointed out that on the contrary, projects started by the Kufuor administration were abandoned by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) under former President Mahama.
On the progress of work on the GHANA 8-No. Hospital Project by EUROGET, Mr. Agyeman-Manu revealed that the hospital at Wa has been commissioned and preparation towards operationalization is currently ongoing, while the Ga East (Kwabenya) Hospital is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2019. Nkawkaw and Tepa Hospitals are also expected to be completed by June 2020 next year. The four other hospitals in Twifo Praso, Konongo, Sewua and Salaga are also scheduled to be completed in November 2020.
He emphasized that major rehabilitation works are ongoing at the Tamale Teaching Hospital at the hospital’s Operating Theatres, Nurse’s station, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Bay.
Five district hospitals are also being constructed in Wheta in the Ketu North District of the Volta Region, Somanya in the Yilo Krobo district of the Eastern Region, Sawla in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba district, Buipe in the Central Gonja district and Tolon in the Tolon Kumbugu district all in the Northern Region. A polyclinic is also being constructed in Bamboi in Bole District of the Northern Region.
Progress of work on the design, construction and equipping of seven district hospitals, an integrated IT Systems in Ghana was scheduled to be completed in December 2016.
He said government and the contractor are working on resuming work on some stalled projects by end of October 2019. Construction works on three sites, namely; Kumawu, Fomena and Takoradi European is expected to be completed by June 2019. The remaining hospitals at Sekondi, Garu, and Abetifi are scheduled to be completed by 2021.
Construction of 15 Ghana Heath Service Community-Based Health Planning and Services Compounds (CHPS) are at various levels of completion. Eight of which are to be completed and handed over by December 2019 and 26 more compounds set to commence by January 2020.
He noted that phase one of the University of Ghana Medical Centre has also been completed and operational since 18 July 2018 for Out-Patient services and phase two of the project has commenced with the signing of a contract amount of € 40.5million.
Additionally, works on the completion and equipping of Bekwai District Hospital has commenced since June 2019.
The minister disclosed that old projects that had to be phased out due to funding constraints and those on the drawing board for the last five years and beyond have received government approval to proceed. The following projects have received cabinet and parliamentary approval for implementation to commence:
Rehabilitation of Bolga Hospital – Phase III (295-Bed); construction of 6 selected health facilities in the Western Region located at Elubo, Bogoso, Akontombra, Nsuaem, Wassa Dunkwa and Mpohor (Rehabilitation); remodelling and retooling of 4 selected hospitals in the Eastern Region at Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital-Mampong, Aburi(Kom) Healthcare Centre, Atibie Hospital, Kibi Government Hospital; construction of Eastern Regional Government Hospital at Koforidua and completion of Maternity and Children’s Block At Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.