Sixty per cent of Agenda 111 projects are almost completed, according to Government spokesperson, Palgrave Boakye-Danquah.
Speaking on JoyNews’ AM Show, on Tuesday, Boakye-Danquah said although the initiative was not a campaign promise by President Akufo-Addo ahead of the 2016 election, it was necessitated by the havoc Covid-19 brought.
The Agenda 111 project includes 101 district hospitals, six regional hospitals in the newly created regions, two specialised hospitals in the middle and northern belts, as well as a regional hospital in the Western Region and renovation of the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital.
The intervention, according to Boakye-Danquah, is a pragmatic solution to the deficiencies plaguing the country’s health sector.
“The President did not speak about Agenda 111 in the 2016 election, you will recall. But as a result of the fact that we didn’t predict that the world was going to face such a major pandemic, the president saw the deficiency in the health infrastructure and decided that he was going to build 111 hospitals.
“And I can tell you today that 60 per cent of them are close to completion,” he revealed on Tuesday.
President Akufo-Addo announced the Agenda 111 project in April, 2020 and performed the ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at the Atwima Kwanwoma District of the Ashanti Region.
The objective was to increase quality health care delivery at the district level and to accelerate access to healthcare services for every citizen.
Each unit was projected to cost US$17 million and all the hospitals were expected to be completed within 12 months.
However, for over two years, none of the promised hospitals have been completed.
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