The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) is urging government to complete pending health project despite the start of the new one known as ‘Agenda 111’.
Speaking during an interview, the Deputy General Secretary of GMA, Dr Titus Beyuo commended government for initiating a project to build 111 health facilities across the country under ‘Agenda 111’ despite the criticism by some Ghanaians.
“We welcome the new ones but we also want these [abandoned] ones to be completed.”
“Like I am saying, I don’t think it should be an ‘either. . .or’. We want both. Push these ones into function now and if you can compete these 111 hospitals within the stipulated time, we will be very happy.”Titus Beyuo
Dr. Titus Beyuo further said doctors are not averse to any policy that will expand healthcare delivery in the country.
“To us, the Ghana Medical Association and medical practitioners in general, any addition to infrastructure is very welcome because the deficit is huge.
“Any single drop in that ocean, we will appreciate it and to that extent we commend government for bringing this initiative.”Titus Beyuo
·Agenda 111 project: It’s still not enough to say government will fund it- Bright Amissah
·Sharpen skills for Agenda 111 opportunities- NYA Deputy CEO to youth
Dr. Beyuo on human resource for hospitals
Dr. Beyuo nonetheless, expressed concerns about the human resource for the Agenda 111 hospitals, which have been projected to be completed within 18 months.
“Why are governments more interested in infrastructure, which are very good, don’t get me wrong, we need the infrastructure. But the human resource component! Because if you are doing such a massive project, you want to see a massive human resource laid down. You can raise a hospital in 18 months if you have the money. The question is, ‘Can you raise the needed number of staff over the same period without planning?’”Titus Beyuo
Agenda 111 hospital project
Agenda 111 was conceived by the Akufo-Addo-led government in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,;resolving to expand healthcare in the country.
He announced in one of his COVID-19 televised addresses in 2020,;precisely in April that year,;that the pandemic had exposed the health sector and there was the need to take frantic steps to bridge the gap.
“There are 88 districts in our country without district hospitals. Also we have six new regions without regional hospitals. We do not have infectious disease control centres dotted across the country and we do not have enough testing and isolation centres for diseases like COVID-19. We must do something urgently about this. That is why Government has decided to undertake a major investment in our healthcare infrastructure, the largest in our history. We will…begin constructing 88 hospitals in the districts without hospitals.”President Akufo-Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently cut the sod in Trede in the Atwima Kwanwoma District of the Ashanti Region for the commencement of the projects. GMA
But, many have criticized the government for starting a project when there are several uncompleted ones left by previous regimes and dotted across the country. Some say there are even other health facilities that have been commissioned but not operational.
Leave a Reply