The Minority in Parliament has charged government to as a matter of urgency resume work on all abandoned health infrastructural projects across the country.
They believe this will help to deal with the rapid increase of Covid-19 cases in Ghana.
Speaking to JoyNews, Ranking Member on Parliament’s Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh said due to the daily increase of Covid-19 cases, isolation centres are gradually filling up,
He said the completion of these projects will provide additional treatment centers to prevent the current health system from being overwhelmed.
Juaboso MP said, “Places like Ridge Hospital and some isolation centres in the cities have been filled up. So now they have to transfer people from the Greater Accra Region to other regions like the Central region and others.”
“We have a lot of health infrastructure that has been abandoned, some 60, 70 and 80 per cent complete for the past four months if we were serious about this disease we could have put our little resources into that infrastructure, finish them and designate those facilities as isolation centres.”
President Nana Akufo-Addo in his 8th address to the nation on measures to mitigate Covid-19 in the country announced plans to construct 94 new hospitals across 88 districts and the six newly created regions.
These new health facilities according to him, are to complement the existing ones and fortify the delivery of health services to individuals with various health challenges.
“There are 88 districts in our country without district hospitals and we have six regions without regional hospitals. We do not have infectious disease control centres dotted across the country and we do not have enough disease testing and isolation centres for diseases like Covid-19,” Akufo-Addo stated.
The President made this disclosure after he admitted that the pandemic has exposed the deficiencies of the healthcare system because of years of “under-investment.”
But for Mr Mintah Akandoh, the implementation has not been carried out as promised by the President.
Touching on the enforcement of the safety measures, he said he worries for the country since citizens are going about their duties as if there was nothing at stake.
He further blamed government for not handling the Covid-19 issue seriously and enforcing the directives spelt out by the World Health Organisation to protect Ghanaians.
“Now that the EC [Electoral Commission] is saying that they are about to undertake a new voters’ register, we are going to get the worse form of [the Covid-19 situation]. If we are not careful, we will be the worse country in the whole Africa.”
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