Work ongoing at 87 sites of Agenda 111-Finance Minister

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About 87 hospitals are being built as part of the government’s Agenda 111 project, according to Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.

He claims that the majority of the sites have contractors working on around 87 of the anticipated 111, which are all in various levels of completion.

He stated that “we are well on path to bridge the health inequity gap and strengthen the health system nationally” when delivering the Mid-Year Budget Review on Monday.

I’m happy to inform that on 87 of the 111 sites designated for the Agenda 111 project, construction has started and is in varying degrees of completion.

Some of the health infrastructure, according to the finance minister, is anticipated to be finished by the end of 2022.

One district hospital and five polyclinics—Akontombra, Nsuaem, Elubo, Wassa Dunkwa, Bogoso, and Mpohor—will be built, among other things, in the Western Region, he stated.

According to Mr. Ofori Atta, the following projects are anticipated to be finished by the end of the year: “extension and equipping of four selected facilities projects at Aburi (Kom), Tetteh Quashie, Kibi, and Atibie; and equipping of Upper East (Bolgatanga) Regional Hospital, Phase II.”

For the first time, President Akufo-Addo has acknowledged that the deadline set by his administration for the construction of all hospitals as part of the government’s Agenda 111 project was unduly ambitious.

The projects would be finished before January 7, 2025, the president stated in parliament on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at his State of the Nation Address.

In August 2021, President Akufo-Addo turned the first sod for the hospital construction projects, which were supposed to be finished nationwide in 18 months.

The President, however, claims that the initial completion schedule provided was unduly optimistic.

For the first time, President Akufo-Addo has acknowledged that the deadline set by his administration for the construction of all hospitals as part of the government’s Agenda 111 project was unduly ambitious.

“Agenda 111 is an ambitious project, which must and will be done, and which will create some 33,900 jobs for construction workers, and, on completion, some 34,300 jobs for health workers.”

“Mr. Speaker, I have to report that, like all major construction projects, it is evident that the initial schedule we gave for the completion of Agenda 111 was overly ambitious. Identifying suitable sites around the country, for example, has turned out to be even more problematic than had been anticipated. I am able to say that a great deal of the preparatory work has now been completed, and work has started at 87 of the 111 sites. I have been assured that preliminary work on the remaining 24 sites is ongoing,” he added.

He said that the government would do everything in its power to see the project through to completion, allowing him to open all 111 hospitals before he leaves office on January 7, 2025.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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