Director of National Democratic Congress (NDC) International Relations Directorate Alex Segbefia says there is no linkage between the never-delivered 88 District hospitals promised by government and the Agenda 111 hospital projects.
Speaking on Joy News’ Newsfile, he said the 88 district hospitals and Agenda 111 projects are two different projects promised by government.
According to him, people at a point in time merge the two projects (Agenda 111 and 88 District Hospitals), which isn’t supposed to be so.
“Some people may not understand it, so it should be made clear that the 88 hospitals have not been built, the 111 Agenda is very different from the 88 hospitals. People are trying to merge the two, but for me, I don’t merge them,” he said.
His comes after, President Akufo-Addo in his 8th national address on April 2020, announced plans are underway to construct 94 new hospitals across 88 districts and the six newly created regions.
He believed that the new facilities will complement the existing ones and fortify the delivery of health services to individuals with various health challenges.
However, the 88 Districts projects have not been constructed as promised by government.
Due to the failure on the part of government to deliver on his promise, Me Segbefia has expressed doubts about the construction of the Agenda 111 projects across the regions in the 18 months’ time frame allocated.
“88 hospitals zero, 111 we are beginning to start counting the 18 months and, therefore, it raises the reasons why we have scepticism against it,” he explained.
President Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, August 17, launched the Agenda 111 project.
The project will cover the design, procurement, construction, equipping and commissioning of 101 District Hospitals, six Regional Hospitals in newly created regions, one Regional Hospital in the Western Region, two Psychiatric Hospitals in Kumasi and Tamale and a redeveloped Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
The project is to ensure that Ghanaians nationwide have access to quality healthcare services and, with the National Health Insurance Scheme, boost the provision of healthcare infrastructure and financial accessibility to healthcare.