November 10, 2023

The Minister for Trade and Industry K. T. Hammond has noted that cabinet has taken a clear decision for the La General Hospital which was demolished because the structure was weak to be reconstructed.

He made this remarks in an interview with members of the Parliamentary Press Corps on Friday, November 10, 2023, as business was on going on the floor of the House.

He was compelled to speak to the issue following agitations from some youth in the a La area who are up in arms demanding that the La General Hospital should be reconstructed.

According to him nurses, doctors and patients were not comfortable with the poor condition of the structure.

In addition, he noted that there have been some issues with the financing so the matter has protracted. “You might have heard about agenda 111”, hence the president and his cabinet have taken a very clear decision on this that it was going to be reconstructed in its original design after it was demolished. The contractor made another design from India, it has been agreed that that design is what is going to be put up in the same place. They started yesterday”, he said.

According to him, the finance minister is committed to raising money for the structure to be put up in its original design, adding that it would be as beautiful as it was.

He said government came to the floor and parliament approved some loans but there were difficulties and the loan did not come in time that is why the project has delayed. “Finally a new financing arrangement has been put in place.”

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/