Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia noted that the government’s desire to address the glaring lack of access to healthcare facilities, particularly in remote areas of the country, led to the decision to launch Agenda 111, possibly the largest investment in the nation’s health care system.
Dr. Bawumia noted that this was the first time a concerted effort had been made to ensure that every Ghanaian, regardless of where they live, has access to a quality health facility within a reasonably short distance when he inspected the progress of construction at Bunkprugu in the North East Region on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.
“The Agenda 111 Project is to bridge a 60 year gap in access to health facilities across the country. 90 districts in our country do not have District Hospitals. Six Regions do not have Regional Hospitals. Large parts of our country do not have access to Specialist hospital facilities and services. This is despite over 60 years of being Independent.
“So the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo took the bold decision to build these hospitals and meet the health care needs of the people of Ghana, to ensure that every District has a hospital and every Region has a Regional Hospital. This will greatly increase access to health care, prevent avoidable, preventable deaths and reduce the suffering of our people,” he said.
As part of the Agenda 111 project, 101 district hospitals will be built or upgraded, six regional hospitals will be built in the newly created regions, two specialized hospitals will be built in the middle and northern belts, a regional hospital will be built in the western region, and the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital will be renovated.
In order to ensure the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal Three, officials from the Ministry of Health claim that once the Project is finished, it will significantly deepen the provision of high-quality healthcare at the district level and increase access to healthcare services for all citizens.
On the first leg of his working visit to Ghana’s five northern regions, the Vice President had earlier reviewed ongoing construction projects at Savelugu and Yendi, both in the Northern Region.
Along with other government representatives, he was accompanied by Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, Presidential Health Advisor, Hon. Ambrose Dery, Interior Minister, and other authorities.