Agenda 111: Don’t doubt gov’t’s commitment to improving health sector – Afenyo-Markin

Lawmaker for the Effutu Constituency and Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has admonished Ghanaians to be resolute in keeping faith with the government’s commitment to improving health sector in the country.

He said he does not want to be a pessimist and thus pray Ghanaians not to doubt the government’s commitment to improving infrastructure in the health sector.

Mr Afenyo-Markin, therefore, called on Ghanaians to collectively commit to the government’s Agenda 111 which is geared towards enhancing health.

He pointed out that government has ways in generating revenues to run the economy so when it comes to taking certain drastic decisions in order to accomplish the building of the Agenda 111 hospitals, he believes the government would do so accordingly.

Mr Afenyo-Markin also emphasized that the government has produced documents to the effect that not less than 55 hospital projects that were at various levels of completion have been completed and commissioned without a shred of challenge.

He nonetheless pointed out that there are still some projects yet to be completed and thus the government has stated through the Health Ministry to have them completed before the end of its tenure.

Mr Afenyo-Markin said the impression should not be created that the government has abandoned the existing uncompleted projects and is jumping onto new ones.

Asked if it was not because of the taunting by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that if it was not for the hospitals built by the erstwhile Mahama administration that has served a major purpose especially in the pandemic times government won’t see the need to make its own mark, he said a government has the responsibility to put its own mark on the national space.

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He said this in an exclusive interview with Dzifa Bampoh on 3FM’s First Take.  

Mr Afenyo-Markin was commenting on the back of the backlash from a cross-section of Ghanaians who are questioning the government’s commitment to fulfilling the promise of constructing 111 hospitals across the country.

 “I don’t want to be a pessimist and I don’t want people to doubt the commitment of government in improving infrastructure in the health sector. Let us together commit to it”, he said.

By Barima Kwabena Yeboah||Ghana