Hon, Yusif Sulemana, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bole/Bamboi in the Northern Region, has expressed unhappy over the delay of construction works on the Bamboi polyclinic as residents travel far distance for healthcare services.
The Bamboi Polyclinic project was one of the major health facilities started by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government to provide quality healthcare delivery in the country.
The contract awarded by the Ministry of Health started in 2016 and was scheduled for completion in 2018.
But construction work on the project site has been abandoned., The Constructor has left the project site soon after the New Patriotic Party took over in January 2017.
Until date there was no indication when work would resume.
The situation has undoubtedly pushed MP for the area, Mr Yusif Sulemana, to summoned Minister for Health to parliament to explain the reasons for the delay of the project.
“Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Health when the construction of the Bamboi Polyclinic will be completed?”
In response, the Minister for Health, Mr Kweku Agyeman Manu said, the construction of the Bamboi polyclinic is part of the 5 District Hospital and one Polyclinic Clinic Turnkey Contract awarded by the Ministry of Health.
According to him, “the site has been handed over to the contractor,” and that preliminary activities are underway towards the commencement of works.
He said, the total project is scheduled to be completed in 36 months from May, 2018 and assured the MP of government commitment to ensuring the completion of the project.
Nonetheless, Mr Yusif said, the polyclinic project completion in time would be much needed as residents of Bamboi have to travel over 72 miles to access healthcare in Bole, the district capital.
He added that, the few health centres in Bamboi community could not provide treatment to residents bitten by snakes due to absence of Anti Snake Bite Venom((ASV).
The worst of it all, he said was that there are no drugs storage facilities in the available health centres.
While promising to procure anti snakebite venom for the health centres, the MP expressed concern on the fact that the Minister for health could not give the cost of the project but only assured it would be completed in 36 months time.
The contractor, Mr Yusif said is reportedly moved to the site the day the Minister was billed to answer his question on the floor of Parliament.
He however expressed the hope that the project would be completed as the Minister assured.
He also entreated the residents to give the contractor their maximum support so the project could complete on time.
Source: the republic news online.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba