The Minority members on the Health Committee of Parliament has exposed the New Patriotic Party ( NPP) government over the abandoned Kumawu 120 bed capacity hospital in the Ashanti region.
The project which started under the previous National Democratic Congress(NDC) led by John Mahama but had been abandoned by the current government led by Nana Akufo Addo.
The government stopped work on the project to conduct a forensic audit on the contract for value for money.
But almost three years, the project which is expected to provide health care services to the people of Kumawu and adjoining districts in the Ashanti region has been taken over by weeds and wild animals.
Already some of the structures which are about 70 per cent complete are getting weak as some have their ceiling fell and roofs rift off by storm rain.
Some of the materials on the project site has been stolen, while others got burnt by wildfire.
Ranking Member of the Health Committee, Hon Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, who led Minority MPs to the project site,
described the situation as “criminal and inhuman.”
“In fact, this is shed wickedness and criminal. I have seen videos footage of the facility but never knew it is such a big facility that this government deliberately left to rot” he told Journalists after touring the health facility at Kumawu.
Mr Akandoh said the NPP government has no interest in the health needs of the people of Kumawu, else the government would not have allowed the facility to remained incomplete for almost three years in office.
The former Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources described the claims by the government that, it was conducting a forensic audit as “ridiculous.”
He states, “So why can you allow the project to continue and you look for the so call criminals you think to chop some money on the project? Why should we be doing this to ourselves as a nation? We must not allow petty politics to cloud our vision, the needs of the people are paramount above all.”
” If we don’t hold the government of the day responsible, they will soon leave and we the young today and those yet unborn will have to pay for the cost of this criminality, ” Akandoh added.
He called on the people of Kumawu to rise up and demand from the government to complete the project which is about70 per cent complete.
The District Chief Executive for Kumawu, Samuel Aggekum was on the project site upon hearing that the Minority MPs were on site.
According to him, the government had completed the forensic audit on the project and that the Contractor would move to the site on Tuesday, September 10, this year.
He added that the Minister of Health together with the Minister of Finance and the Contractor would visit the site for the Contractor to resume work to complete the project while investigating continue on the criminal aspect if any.
But the Minority MPs rubbished the DCE claims and that the DCE rushed to the project site was out of panic upon hearing their visit.
The Minority said, they could not fathom why the government that has borrowed and issues numerous bonds still failed or refused to complete such an important project for the suffering masses.
They said the government has simply demonstrated it has no solution to the plight of Ghanaians, else it would not have stopped work on the project for three years.
The Minority had earlier called on the Kumawuhene, where Nana Obeng Darko Acheampong, on behalf of the Kumawuhene expressed his disappointment on the government continue lip services on the project.
According to him, the Minister for Health, Kweku Agyeman-Manu visited the site and promised the contractor would resume work on the project site in three weeks but it as been months and getting to a year, nothing has been done.
He, therefore, appealed to the Minority MPs to rally the government through parliament to have the project complete to serve its purpose.
He added that the hospital when complete would help improve the health condition of the people of Kumawu and also reduce avoidable death.
The facility, the Chief noted would also be served as a referral health facility for neighbouring Districts that are without such a facility.
The Minority MPs on the tour to inspect abandoned health facilities in the country includes; Dr Mark Karts Nawanne, MP for Nabdam, Dr Sebastian Sandaare, MP for Daffiama/Bussie/Issa, Alexander Gabby Hottordze, MP for Central Tongu and Charles Agbeve, MP for Agotime Ziope.
The Minority MPs would also visit similar abandoned facilities including the Fomena District Hospital and Tepa Hospital projects, all in the Ashanti region.
They are on the site to get first time information so as to press upon the government to ensure the projects are completed for the people.
The projects were part of the previous NDC government policy to build every district hospital across the country.
The Dodowa District Hospital is one of those facilities, has been completed and is operating.
The facilities have residence medical doctors bungalows and nurses quarters attached which are also at various stages of completion.
source: the republicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba