The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Nsiah Asare has explained why some of the health facilities started under the erstwhile Mahama administration have not been completed.
Former President John Mahama after President Akufo-Addo commissioned some 307 ambulances asked which hospital the patients will be admitted in after being carried in the vehicles.
“All the hospitals that were being built to improve access to healthcare, you have brought them to a standstill and instead you are glorifying in distributing ambulances? Where do ambulances take sick people? They take them to the hospitals and so your priority should be to complete the hospitals so that if an accident happens and you pick the patient, you’ll have a good facility to take them to…and yet Fomena Hospital, Kumawu Hospital, Abetifi, Bekwai, Tepa, Upper West Regional Hospital in Wa, Bolgatanga hospitals, University of Ghana Health Center, Bank Hospital, International Maritime Hospital, all those hospitals we started have all come to a standstill. Yet you are distributing ambulances, and so you pick the person and send them where? And they say there is no bed, and then you get there, they’ll have to put a plastic chair in accident and emergency wards for the people to sit in? I mean there’s a complete loss of prioritization” he said while addressing Ghanaians in his second Facebook Live video.
Speaking to this on UTV’s ‘Mpu Ne Mpu’ programme, Dr. Nsiah Asare expressed surprise at the former President’s comments and disclosed which hospital has been completed and those still in progress.
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