Agenda 111: Chiefs must be given compensation for lands to be used – Health Minister

President Akufo-Addo during the sod cutting for the project in Trede

Chiefs must be given compensation for lands to be used for the Agenda 111 projects, Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has said.

“Chiefs must be given compensation for lands to be used for projects such as this. Depending on the location of the land,” he told state broadcaster, Ghana Television on Wednesday January 12.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday August 17, 2021 commissioned the Agenda 111 project which would ensure the construction of 111 hospitals across the country.

During the commission of the project in Trede in the Ashanti Region, the President said among other things that, the project would be providing over 20,000 jobs for health professionals when completed.

He said the Ministry of Health was going to recruit more doctors, nurses and pharmacists when the project is done.

He also said that more indirect jobs were going to be created by the project implementation.

The president further indicated that the Covid-19 pandemic had exposed years of under investment in Ghana’s health sector.

To that end, he said his administration is improving on the investment in the health sector of the economy.

He said “I am glad that the biggest ever investment  in the nation’s healthcare  is being made .We have met this morning  because of the ravages of Covid 19  which has affected every country  on the planet . For us in Ghana not only has the pandemic disrupted our daily lives, but it has also  exposed the deficiencies  with our healthcare system  because of the  years of under  investment and neglect

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Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has said during the event that the surest way for the government to improve on the healthcare delivery was to provide infrastructure.

 To that end, he said the government was committed to providing the needed health infrastructure.

He said “As you know, a healthy people guarantee a healthy  nation  and government  being mindful of this fact has proved to show to the people  its commitment  to improve the health status of all residents in the country.

“The surest way to improve healthcare  sis through providing new  infrastructure  or improving just  existing ones across the length and breadth of the country.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana