List of major hospital projects abandoned by the government

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President Akufo-Addo in his 8th address to the citizens of ghana announced the construction of hospitals in some 88 districts across the country.

Abandoned hospitals is an area where governments always speak about to get elected into office, but since the assumption of office in 2017, the Akufo- Addo government has shifted forward its earlier announced deadlines for the completion of a number of hospital projects across the country.

The facilities include two regional hospitals and the six district hospitals. The no-bed-syndrome that hit Ghana sometime past and the issue of abandoned hospitals compelled CITI FM and OccupyGhana to petition the President for the completion of all abandoned and uncompleted hospitals.

President Akufo-Addo through the petition in August 2018 gave an assurance that a number of projects will be completed according to the schedule below:

As of May 2019, five of the projects had already missed their deadlines. They were the Nkawkaw District Hospital, Twifo Praso District Hospital, Madina District Hospital, Tepa District Hospital, and the Wa Regional Hospital.

The government subsequently announced new deadlines for all the projects without detailed reasons as to why the deadlines for the five projects were missed.

The Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu at the Health Ministry’s Meet-the-Press session earlier this year said the projects will now be completed between July 2019 and June 2020.

In the presentation at the session, he announced the new deadlines as follows;

The Tepa District Hospital
The Tepa District Hospital was one of 6 district hospitals under the Euroget De-Invest projects which began under the 2nd President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor and passed through subsequent governments. The current state of the building is nothing to write home about, several years on.
The hospital, a projected 60-bed capacity hospital, though near completion has been abandoned with overgrown weeds and building materials at the mercy of weather and reptiles.
Though air conditioners and doors had been fixed in some parts of the structure, they could easily be qualified as wasting.
Resident Engineer of Euroget De Invest, Khaled Hamed, speaking to Ghanaweb said tax exemptions and challenges with internal funding account for the delays, he is however optimistic work will progress subsequently considering those issues have been solved.

Kumawu District Hospital
The situation at the 120-bed capacity Kumawu District Hospital under the NMS Infrastructure was not very different when the Parliament Health Committee toured the facility.
There are parts of the building that were yet to have windows and doors fixed, there were still iron rods in some parts of the structure, weeds overgrown both in and out of the structure and building materials left outside the compound.

Fomena District Hospital
Weeds welcomed the team at the Fomena District Hospital in the Adansi North District of the Ashanti Region. The project although seen relative progression still has some finishing touches to be added. On the compound, some materials had been left in the open at the mercy of rains.
Completed but yet to be operationalized facilities

Source: ghpilolo.com

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