South Dayi Member of Parliament Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor has said the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, was wrong when he described critics of the Agenda 111 project as witches.
On Friday September 3, Rt Rev Prof Mante urged Pastors who want to exorcise witchcraft to tackle persons who are against the agenda 111 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 told the gathering.
But in a response, Mr Dafemekpor said in a tweet that “The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church got it all horribly wrong. We are in full support of Agenda 111 but we won’t support unlawful awards of contracts that are palpably inflated.
“Isn’t the Moderator scandalized by news of Ghc36m paid as fees for the Hospital Design alone?”
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.”
Former Minister of Health under the Mahama administration, Mr Alex Segbefia, said after the commissioning of the project that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo packaged the National Democratic Congress (NDC) ideas to build hospitals in each district and named it the Agenda 111.
He said the NDC, during the campaign season brought the idea of establishing hospitals in the districts across the country.
Mr Segbefia said “Firstly, it is not new. When we talk about three regional hospitals in the Psychiatric area, when I was in government we were talking of Psychiatric hospital in Kumasi, Psychiatric hospital in Tamale, we were also talking of even expanding Pantang by giving the land to a private developer in Accra. And then, these developers had come up with another plan that we should use the land as collateral basically, and they will pay for the expansion of Pantang.”
“So, all these issues, one regional hospital, go and look at our campaign [message] it is there. One hospital in every district is something that has been there from time immemorial and so all you have now is packaged it. The reason why you couldn’t go about doing the things we are talking about even though you said this is your intension, it was because you needed to be sure that when you are planning you know where the money is coming from.
“We all know we wanted a hospital in every district , we have been building hospitals in districts for a long period from the time of Rawlings in Bono Ahafo we got some district hospitals right to the time of Mills and to the time of Mahama.
“So this idea of every district should have a hospital is not new. So you have now decided to package it differently and call it Agenda 111,” he reporters on Wednesday August 18.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana