The government of Ghana is likely to miss the deadline for the completion of the health facilities under the ‘Agenda 111’ projects, says the Africa Centre for Health Policy (ACeHP).
Executive Director for ACeHP, Ahmed Farhan, in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, revealed that their checks across the country indicate no sign of progress at the project sites despite the government’s promise of high commitment to executing the projects in 12 months.
“I doubt if we will be able to meet the set timelines. It will definitely affect the project lifecycle. The 12-month target that has been set, I presume, will not be to be met,” Farhan said.
He believes the government is facing financial challenges hence the delay in kick-starting the projects.
“Currently, I think they have been faced with certain challenges that will not permit them to kickstart the physical construction of the hospitals, so I think the 12 months they have set will just not be possible.”
The Agenda 111 project includes 101 district hospitals, six regional hospitals in the newly created regions, two specialised hospitals in the middle and northern belts, and a regional hospital in the Western Region and the renovation of the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital.
Its objective is to provide quality healthcare delivery at the district level.
President Nana Akufo-Addo who cut the sod for the construction of the Atwima Kwanwoma District Hospital at Trede in the Ashanti Region, disclosed that each of the hospitals would cost of 16 million dollars, including medical equipment, and construction of all those facilities.
Work, he said, was expected to be completed in 18 months.