Agenda 111 kicks off – President calls on citizens to cooperate and be partners for its success
President Akufo-Addo has broken grounds for the commencement of construction works for government’s much touted Agenda 111 project. The construction of the 111 hospitals is part of measures to tackle the country’s ailing health system caused largely by the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.
Observing the commencement of the project in Trede in the Ashanti Region, the President said the successful completion of the project will ensure that 101 outstanding districts will be provided with hospitals, the 6 newly created regions will be provided with 6 regional hospitals and an extra regional hospital for the Western Region, 2 mental hospitals will be built in the middle and southern belts as well as the redevelopment of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
It will be recalled that the President first made the announcement to embark on the construction of this massive health infrastructure during his 8th address to the nation on COVID-19 in April last year.
Explaining the rationale behind the construction of the hospitals, the President said an audit of the country’s health system indicated that 101 districts in the country had no district hospitals. This coupled with the creation of the 6 new regions meant government had to embark on this project to provide underserved areas of the country with health facilities of their own.
This the President said: “the goal is thus, to position Ghana as an attractive medical destination, with excellent medical facilities, for our neighbors to patronize” and at the same time greatly improve Ghana’s health system noting that the 111 hospitals will lead to Ghana becoming a Centre of Medical Excellence and a destination for medical tourism in the West African sub-region by 2030.
He said each hospital is being constructed at a cost of $16.88 million, that is $12.88 million for construction and $4 million for medical equipment noting that all the hospitals are to be completed in 18 months with work commencing on the regional and specialized hospitals in the latter part of the year.
Additionally, these modern, fully equipped state-of the-art hospitals will have facilities for outpatient services, including consultation facilities for medical and surgical cases, ophthalmology and dental services, a physiotherapy unit, maternal and child health unit, public health unit, 4 state of the art surgical theatres for maternity, obs and gynae, accidental and emergency, and for general surgery and imaging facilities.
This Mr. Akufo-Addo said the hospitals when completed will provide some 20,000 direct jobs for health professionals and many indirect jobs for residents in the local economy such as food vendors, sellers of hospital consumables and many others.
He called on Ghanaians especially the local beneficiary communities, traditional leaders, youth and all actors in the local health sector to rally behind the agenda and give their full support as government rolls out the project in full.