chairman Health Committee
March 19, 2024

Chairman of the Health Committee of Ghana’s parliament Dr. Nana Ayew Afriye would have none of John Mahama’s attack on the Agenda 111hospital project initiated by the ruling government new Patriotic Part.

According to him, the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Mahama should rather let his boys and the Minority members in parliament do those kinds of politics but not him the leader of the opposition NDC.

“What makes building 111hospitals over ambitious when the NDC in 2020 promised 88 district hospitals? He is being disingenuous and inconsistent; Ghanaians do not have short memories as he has always said”.

Ghanaians are clear of the principles that every district must have hospital for universal health coverage; and to be able to attain it there should be fair access for everyone.

Addressing members of the Parliamentary Press (PPC) on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, he noted that fifty percent of the Agenda 111 hospitals have passed sixty percent completion. “Do you mean this is not realistic? Under the NDC, under 8 years they were able to complete 6 hospital all the new ones uncompleted or repacked and seeing completion”.

It will therefore be phenomenal under the forth republic should the NPP government complete twenty hospitals (20) by December 2024, adding that under former President John Kufour’s reign he did not complete 8 hospitals; “and I have always use 8 hospitals as the indicator and bench mark for success for any government.”

Dr. Ayew further back his point by pointing out that, in the NDC manifesto of 2020 page 64 item Q, John Mahama asked Ghanaians to vote for him and he would ensure he would provide district hospitals in all districts where there is none. “We have passed that time in Ghana where you just speak and go free. The Ghanaian is now very cautious and you should be mindful of the words you bring out.

The difference between his agenda 88 and 111; commonsensically, there are new regions and they are six. For the principle of equity you need to put one hospital in each region that would make 88 plus 6 then you add two psychiatric hospitals in the southern zone.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/