Member of Parliament (MP) for Juaboso and former Ranking Member of Parliament’s Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, has described former Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu as “incompetent” for failing to see to the completion of the Kumawu Hospital project.
The 120 bed capacity Sekyere Kumawu hospital facility, which has now been taken over by weeds, was initiated by the John Mahama administration.
Speaking to Eric Ahianyo on Morning Update Thursday morning, the Juaboso MP said he is disappointed in the Akufo-Addo government for neglecting such an important project whilst the people sought health care in an inappropriate building.
This comes after the Kumawu Polyclinic was ravaged by rainstorm this week, forcing management of the facility to suspend most of its services including surgeries.
The entire roof of one of the buildings was ripped off with some sensitive medical equipment, computers and other documents damaged.
Male patients on admission have now been relocated to empty beds at the female and children’s wards amidst concern about overcrowding and the possible spread of coronavirus.
The current situation has resulted in congestion and the corridor is now serving as a waiting area for OPD patients and those waiting to see doctors.
“In Ghana it seems we are joking,” he said “We shouldn’t have gotten to this stage. This project was supposed to be completed in the early days of 2017…More than one year down the lane, that old structure which is serving as a polyclinic in Kumawu has completely been devastated.”
To him the “incompetent Minister” had no justification abandoning the hospital project which the people were looking forward to, especially when he pointed it out to Mr agyeman Manu several times that the project needed to be completed.
He said Agyeman-Manu told Parliament’s vetting committee recently the Akufo-Addo government was continuing the projects they inherited yet nothing had been done to the Kumawu Hospital project.
” Today you and I are discussing about a project that has been abandoned for about 5 good years,” he said as he accused Mr Agyeman Manu of lying to the panel.
Akandoh said Agyeman Manu’s responses would be debated on the floor of Parliament before he could be approved, hinting he will expose him.