Parliament orders private developers on Pantang lands to stop work

Parliament’s Select Committees on Health and Lands and Forestry have jointly ordered all private developers on Pantang Psychiatric Hospital lands to stop work and produce all necessary  documents for further engagement. A visit by members of the joint committee on Health as well as Lands and Forestry on Tuesday was a follow-up to the recent strike and demonstration by workers of the Hospital over the encroachment of their land. Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health Dr. Kwabena Twum-Nuamah noted that the mission of the team was to observe the extent of encroachment, engage with management of the Hospital and find a lasting solution to the issue. On his part, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Lands and Forestry, Francis Manu-Adabor, indicated the team was on a fact-finding mission and urged all stakeholders to comply with directives. Medical Director of the Pantang Hospital Dr. Frank Baning, who briefed the team on the encroachment, highlighted some major challenges affecting the running of the mental hospital. “Our building is a danger to both staff and patients…the internal road network is in a bad state.” Dr. Baning also lamented the lack of medicines, staff, and funds, which he admits was crippling operations at the Hospital. He therefore called for a sustainable means to enhance operations of the Hospital. The team visited the encroached lands in the company of the Medical Director, who showed them document to back their claim. The team later interacted with some developers on-site and ordered them to stop work and produce documents. Mr Manu-Adabor assured all necessary engagements and action would be employed to bring an end to the encroachment.

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