The inability of government to construct the 88 district hospitals as promised by President Nana Akufo-Addo can be blamed on land litigations challenge.
This is according to the Minister designate for Health,Kwaku Agyemang Manu.
He made this claim in the ongoong ministerial vetting by Parliament.
Mr. Agyemang Manu noted that his Ministry was working on resolving the challenges before starting the projects across the country.
He further added that arrangements were made to address the hitches.
Meanwhile, he stated that each of the district hospitals will cost $7million.
“The initial costing was done on the basis of averages and we are looking at between $5 to $7million a hospital. When the issue of equipment and other logistics came in , we were still thinking that ,a maximum of $7million will do . If you multiple this by 88 and 88 has even been changed to 111” health minister said .
President Nana Akufo-Addo in his 8th address to the nation on measures put in place to fight the Covid-19 pandemic said government was going to construct 88 district hospitals across the country to augment adequate health care delivery.
“There are 88) districts in our country without district hospitals; we have six (6) new regions without regional hospitals; we do not have five infectious disease control centres dotted across the country; and we do not have enough testing and isolation centres for diseases like COVD-19. We must do something urgently about this. That is why Government has decided to undertake a major investment in our healthcare infrastructure, the largest in our history. We will, this year, begin constructing 88 hospitals in the districts without hospitals,” he said.