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Health Minister Cooks Up Projects Data to Cover Incompetence, Failure–Zabzugu MP

The Member of Parliament(MP) for Zabzugu Constituency in the Northern Region, Hon Alhassan Umar, has accused the Ministry of Health of conjuring false data of projects, which include his personal funded project in Zabzugu, as a project of government to cover up its incompetence and massive failures in development of the country.

According to the MP, It was shocking that President Akufo Addo led government that borrowed more than any government since Ghana’s independence but yet to show any tangible project, resort to self-applause and stealing of development projects from MPs.

He said, stealing his project founded through his share of the MPs National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) fund and crediting it to the government simply exposed the Minister, Hon Kweku Gyeman Manu incompetence and failures in his administration.

Hon Umar was reacting to media publication including the Ghanaweb, of government claims of data revealing massive development infrastructure in the health sector.

The publication categorised the projects in regions and comprised of completed and ongoing healthcare projects of over 600 alleged to have been embarked on by the Ministry of Health since 2017.

Hon Kwaku Manu Agyemang, Minister for Health at his last week media briefing claimed these health facilities have been constructed by the government within the last three years.

Agyeman Manu, Minister for Health

But Hon Umar told THE REPUBLIC, he was shocked to see item 539, of the said massive infrastructure data captured his solely funded project as one of the government project, stating, “that said project was conceived, funded and executed by me from scratch to finishing.”

“I used my MP’s share of National Health Insurance Fund, and other resources to construct the Reproductive and Child Health Center in Zabzugu Township as part my social intervention policies to improve healthcare needs of my people”.

“So an attempt to smuggle my project which I personally sponsored and funded is an act of desperation on the part of the Minister and the Nana Addo led government.”

“I wondered how the Minister and his officers could not differentiate between MP funded project from government funded project”

“The Ministry should rectify the false impression created by in its data collection on health facilities constructed by this regime and apologize to the people of Zabzugu for deception” Hon Umar demanded.

Obvious, the NDC MP said, the cooked up data is to muddy the waters following the backlash the President received a week ago from public, for now realising the importance of investing in health infrastructure after he promised to construct 88 hospitals in the districts without hospitals as legacy projects of the coronavirus.

Zabzugu RCHC by MP

He said, unfortunately on the part of the government, the claimed massive projects included that of the Zabzugu Reproductive and Child Health Centre (RCHC)  which is not funded by the government.

The Zabzugu lawmaker added that claiming health facilities not constructed by the current government is part of the grand scheme and deceptive campaign to throw dust into the eye of Ghanian public and to hoodwink them for elections.

The MP who is a member of Health Committee of Parliament said at the right time the Minority would provide more evidence to show that such is a veiled approval for ministries to cook-up statistics, distort facts and fabricate false performance indices for the Akufo Addo Presidency.

Mr Umar said Ghanaians are daily confronted with the ugly reality of the failures of the Akufo Addo administration and do not need any government statistics to show them that our health sector is on its knees; and that there are no enough health facilities and equipment in the hospitals to contain the novel Coronavirus pandemic which is killing Ghanaians, including frontline health workers.

“Indeed, Ghanaians do not need government statistics to know that had it not been NDC and former President John Mahama health projects, the COVID-19 could have been worse and done a heavy blow on us” he said.

He however urged the Health Ministry and for that matter the entire Akufo Addo government to accept its failures and seek help instead of compounding the problems it brought with fabricated data.

Middle view of RCHC at Zabzugu

 

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba

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