Government has not abandoned ‘Mahama projects’ – Health Minister
The government has denied allegations that it has abandoned uncompleted health facilities started by the Mahama government even at a time the country is struggling to combat the deadly novel coronavirus.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, reiterated a number of health facilities started by the Mahama administration, which the current government had completed.
“The government has not abandoned any health facility started by the previous government., I can give you a list of 10 facilities constructed and completed in the Central Region that I went round to commission when they were done in 2018…..Biriwa, Gomoa, Ekumfi Narkwa, Mankrong ,Gomoa Dawurampong,Mamkrong, Bisease …”
According to him, the second phase of renovation at the Tamale Teaching Hospital has been supervised and completed by the current administration.
“Phase two started in July 2015, was supposed to be completed in December 2018, and I can say with all confidence that this project has also been completed and I went to commission it,” he added.
Former President Mahama in one of his Facebook addresses to the nation complained about how projects he started had been left to rot.
Notable among the projects the former President mentioned is the University of Ghana Medical Center, which he said had been fully furnished and commissioned, but not put to use.
Responding to the former President, Mr Agyeman Manu said, “There has been the construction and equipping of a 597-bed University of Ghana Teaching Hospital, which is almost completed for use.”
He said the Akufo-Addo administration inherited the construction of offices for the Ministry of Health quarters, which had been completed and in full use.
” There was a programme to expand the radiotherapy and nuclear medicines at Korle Bu and Komfo Anokye that was abandoned before we assumed office. We have managed to clear the challenges we had with the project implementation and as I speak, work is ongoing on these two projects,” he added.