Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the majority leader and minister of parliamentary affairs, has criticized those who oppose the government’s agenda to build 111 hospitals across the nation.
Last Tuesday, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu gave persuasive arguments for why the government’s decision to carry out such capital-intensive projects, even during this period, should be commended rather than criticized as being seen within a segment of the intellectual community, during an appearance on Kumasi-based Angel FM’s Morning Show with host Kwame Tank (KT).
The Majority Leader cited an example where, without Agenda 111, a nearly 300 km stretch between Suame Roundabout in the Ashanti Region and Wa in the Upper West Region (a major trunk road connecting Ghana to other West African neighbors) would have only one health facility at Bole. Such a large geographic area.
There are hospitals, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu acknowledged, but they are not administered by the government. Examples include the Holy Family Hospital in Techiman, the SDA Hospital in Bremang, the St. Patrick’s Hospital in Ofinso-Maase, the SDA Hospital in Bremang, and the Wenchi Hospital in Wenchi.
“When I say hospitals, I am not referring to clinics and/or Chips Compounds. I refer to a district hospital in the likes of the Agenda 111 projects which, when completed, would enhance equitable healthcare delivery amongst the suffering masses in our rural communities. And help bridge the ever-widening gap between rural/urban dweller in such an important segment of our national socio-economic planning” he stated.
A well-known proverb states that “A good mind stays in a healthy body.” The Majority Leader made reference to this and came to the conclusion that, while the current administration works to rebuild the nation’s knowledge base through practical national policies like providing basic and secondary education free of charge and without restriction, it is equally crucial that government actually reach the average Ghanaian.
Therefore, he urged Ghanaians to support the NPP Administration and help us get through these tough times.
He claimed that the NPP was still the best option for fostering the much-needed recovery of economic confidence.
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Agyemang Richard