Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed concern over the government’s inability to operationalise the newly built Upper West Regional Hospital in Wa.
The hospital project is one of the Mahama administration’s flagship projects in the region. It is intended to provide specialised medical care to people in the Upper West Region and surrounding areas.
And it was 95% complete when then President Mahama visited the project site in 2016.
But almost two years after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) left government, the hospital is at a standstill, forcing the intended beneficiaries to travel long distances to seek specialised medical care.
Addressing delegates of NDC in Tumu on Tuesday to round up his three-day campaign tour of the Upper West Region, Mr Mahama could not hide his disappointment.
He said “somebody has built a hospital, 95 per cent complete with equipment and everything.
Just put the equipment, then come and put a plaque there with your name written on it that you commissioned it, that one too you can’t do? What is difficult about doing that one?” Mr Mahama explained that it was the intention of the NDC government to build regional hospitals throughout the country with working equipment such as x-rays and MRI scans to serve as referral for all smaller hospitals.
He has therefore called on the NPP government to make it a priority to commission the Upper West Regional Hospital to be able to serve the needs of the people in the region.
Mr Mahama however assured the people of the Upper West Region that if the NPP government fails to commission the hospital, it would be one of the first priorities of the next NDC government.
Mr Mahama has subsequently begun a tour of the Upper East Region.