The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has announced that the Finance Ministry has secured 50 million in local funding to reconstruct the La General Hospital.
The La General Hospital, which was in a deplorable condition, was pulled down in March 2020 to make way for the construction of a new one at a cost of 68 million euros.
However, three years down the line, work is yet to commence on the site.
Speaking on the floor of parliament on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, the minister said plans were underway to pay the contractor to commence work as soon as possible.
“At the 37th session of the cabinet, the president directed the ministers of trade and industry, health and finance to find alternative sources of funding to recommence the project.
“Through the efforts of the three-man committee, the Minister of Finance has now identified funds locally to continue the project with the same simple work scope but a reviewed price of 50 million euros,” he said.
This comes after the Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, revealed that the reconstruction of the facility was delayed due to the sponsors’ failure to disburse the funding for the project.
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said they took the decision after Ghana entered into a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
He added that due to the difficulty in securing the funds, the government has decided to add the facility to the Agenda 111 projects.
“Mr. Speaker, until the nation is given a clean bill of health by the IMF, it is going to be difficult for the funding to be released. This is why the government now wants to situate it within the context of Agenda 111, and that will mean that the facility will have to be scaled down a bit,” he said.