President Akufo-Addo has accepted that his flagship programme, agenda 111 which is aimed at constructing districts and regional hospitals across the country was overly ambitious.
The agenda 111 programme was announced by President at the peak of the novel coronavirus. During his Update No.8 in May, 2020, the President said,
“There are 88 districts in our country without district hospitals; we have six new regions without regional hospitals; we do not have infectious disease control centres dotted across the country; and we do not have enough testing and isolation centres for diseases like Covid-19. We must do something urgently about this. That is why Government has decided to undertake a major investment in our healthcare infrastructure, the largest in our history. We will, this year, begin constructing 88 hospitals in the districts without hospitals.
“Each of them will be a quality, standard-design, one hundred-bed hospital, with accommodation for doctors, nurses and other health workers, and the intention is to complete them within a year. We have also put in place plans for the construction of six new regional hospitals in the six new regions, and the rehabilitation of the Effia Nkwanta Hospital, in Sekondi, which is the regional hospital of the Western Region.”
But after the promised one year, not even a single one of the hospitals has emerged.
“Mr Speaker, I have to report that, like all major construction projects, it is evident that the initial schedule we gave for the completion of the Agenda 111 was overly ambitious,” President Akufo-Addo admitted while delivering the State of the Nation address on Wednesday, March 30.
“Identifying suitable sites around the country, for example, has turned out to be even more problematic than had been anticipated.
“I am able to say that a great deal of the preparatory work has now been completed, and work has started at 87 of the 111 sites. I have been assured that preliminary work on the remaining 24 sites is ongoing.”
He reiterated that the projects will be commissioned before he leaves office on January 7, 2025.