Former President John Mahama has stated that President Nana Akufo-Addo and his administration must avoid wasting taxpayer funds by closing hospitals that were founded by earlier administrations.
At the opening of a maternity and children’s ward he and his wife built together to commemorate their 30th wedding anniversary, Mr. Mahama said, “One of the heartbreaking developments for me, as a politician, has been the number of health facilities begun by previous administrations that have been abandoned.”
I use this opportunity to urge the President and the government to cease this misuse of tax dollars and act quickly to finish these facilities.
The Mahama’s inaugurated and presented to the Bole Community in the Savanna Region, the 45-bed maternity and children’s ward in the Bole District Hospital on Tuesday, 26 July 2022.
The former President said: “I am a very proud man and husband this afternoon, and I want to thank my wife, Lordina, her organisation – the Lordina Foundation, their partners, and our friends who supported us, and ensured that this Lordina Foundation Maternity and Children’s ward, was ready and on time for today’s handing over to the Bole Community and the hospital”.
The Bole Wura Sarfo Kutuge Feso I, the Bole District Chief Executive, the Savanna Regional Director for Health, the Bole District Director of Health, the administration and personnel of the Bole District Hospital, and the Bole Midwifery Training School all attended the inauguration ceremony.
“It is most right that on this momentous Pearl Jubilee occasion, we return home, and give something back to this great town that nourished me in my early childhood years,” the former president addressed the crowd.
The 865sqm ward has 10 baby cots, 5 weighing scales with height measurements, a Kangaroo Mother and Child Care Centre, a Delivery Room with two delivery beds, and a Recovery Ward. According to Mr Mahama, also included in the newly inaugurated wards are “a Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with 3 incubators, 5 phototherapy units and a baby weighing scale… we also have a theatre space with 2 theatre beds, theatre light and stool. We have also provided rooms for sterilisation, examination” as well as “doctors consulting room, nurse workstations, and a linen room”.