Agenda 111: Don’t build sub-standard hospitals – Presby Moderator

The first sod for Agenda 111 was cut in Trede, Ashanti Region
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The hospitals that are being built under the Agenda 111 project must meet high standard, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, has said.

He said these facilities must be able to meet the needs and demands of the people.

“We don’t want any shoddy project, we need high standard hospitals under this project, “he told a gathering.

Rt Rev Obiri Yeboah Mante further commended the government for initiating this project.

He described persons who are against the Agenda 111 as witches and further urged Pastors who want to exorcise witchcraft to tackle those who are against the project because their attitude smacks of witchcraft.

“We’ve allowed politics to dominate our lives to an extent that we do not have good hospitals… If someone says he is coming to construct 111 hospitals and you are angry about it, you are a witch. For the pastors who want to exorcise witchcraft, deal with those critics,” he said.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday August 17 commissioned the Agenda 111 project which will 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 will be providing 20,000 jobs for health professionals when completed.

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

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

The president further indicated that the Covid-19 pandemic has 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

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

To that end, he said the government is 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

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