June 19, 2019

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We may publish value for money audit on ‘abandoned hospitals’ – Health Minister

We may publish value for money audit on ‘abandoned hospitals’ – Health Minister

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu says his outfit may be compelled to publish a value for money audit report on some hospital projects constructed by the previous government.

His comment follows pressure on government to operationalise abandoned hospital projects in the country.

Mr Manu who was inspecting the progress of work on a 60-bed capacity hospital in Weta in the Ketu North municipality as part of his 3-day working visit to the Volta Region said the commentary about abandoned hospitals is mere propaganda.

“Some of the hospitals being spoken about are not even under my ministry. When you go on radio, they ask you about Bank of Ghana hospital or Maritime Hospital, Cocoa hospital, those hospitals do not form part of my ministery’s project… We have problems with how some of the projects are packaged and that is why some of them are sitting down.”

“We have a big problem with about 7 district hospitals, it is just the one at Dodowa that got completed but  the money is finished. How do we complete it…And  we are auditing to find out what happened so if they continue talking about abandoned projects, we will make public our value for money audits and when you do that too, they say political witch hunting,” the Minister said.

The minister also indicated that his ministry is now making efforts to secure funds to complete hospitals the previous government sourced loans for.

Mr Agyeman Manu Assured the chiefs of Weta of the commitment of his ministry to ensure work on the 60-bed hospital facility is completed by September 2020.

The Weta District Hospital forms part of an 80 million euro project which includes 5 district hospitals and one polyclinic spread across the country.

The hospital when completed will comprise of an Out Patient Department, An Emergency Unit,  A Surgical ward, Two Theatres, A Maternity and Obstetrics Unit, A Morgue, a lab, a Pharmacy and a Kitchen as well as 8 staff houses to house workers.

The 350 meters square project which started in 2018 is expected to be completed in September 2020 is being constructed by VAMED Construction Limited from Austria.

Post source : Benjamin Aklama | citinewsroom.com | Ghana

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