Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, vice president, expressed his delight with the advancement of the Agenda 111 Hospital projects in the Northern Region.
However, he has imposed a fee on the project’s contractors to expedite construction in order to guarantee their timely completion.
By December 2023, all eight of the district hospitals being built in the area should be finished.
In a statement to the media yesterday, Dr. Bawumia said: “I am extremely delighted with the pace of work so far; I never knew the contractors had gone this far.” This was after touring some of the sites to check the status of the work.
Last Sunday, the Vice President started his two-day tour of the area.
According to Dr. Bawumia, the Agenda 111 program is an ambitious strategy for tackling the nation’s lack of healthcare infrastructure.
After 60 years of independence, he claimed, roughly 90 districts in the nation still lacked hospitals to care for the populace.
“One of the things that we have to appreciate fundamentally is that Agenda 111 is really a bold initiative by the government because we are saying that every district should have a hospital; that is the vision,” he said.
He claimed that approximately 87 hospitals were under development nationwide, with about 27 of those projects located in the country’s five northern regions.
The Vice President visited Yoo-Na Yakubu Abdulai Andani, the Paramount Chief of the Savelugu Traditional Area, at his palace as part of the tour.
“You are the reason there is peace in Dagbon today and we must commend you,” he said, praising the chief for his significant role in bringing about peace in the area.
Yoo-Na Andani, for his part, praised the government for launching measures that he claimed were enhancing the lives of the populace.
To help the kids acquire employable skills, he urged the creation of a technical and vocational training facility in the region.