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President Akufo-Addo hinted that 34,300 health workers will be employed under the Agenda 111 initiative when the projects are completed.
In addition to this, he said the ongoing project will create jobs for around 33,900 construction workers who will be involved in building the various hospitals across the country.
He said it would help the state address the health infrastructure deficit, which is hampering the effective delivery of health care and leading to loss of life.
“It is an ambitious project, which must and will be carried out, and which will create some 33,900 jobs for construction workers and, ultimately, some 34,300 jobs for health workers. Mr President, I must point out that, like all major construction projects, it is obvious that the initial timetable we gave for the realization of Agenda 111 was too ambitious.
“Identifying suitable sites across the country, for example, proved even more problematic than expected. I can say that much of the preparatory work is now complete and work has started on 87 of the 111 sites. I have been assured that preliminary work on the remaining 24 sites is ongoing,” he said.
Delivering his State of the Nation Address to Parliament on Wednesday, Mr. Akufo-Addo stressed that every effort was being made to ensure the completion and commissioning of these projects by January 7, 2025.
According to him, “we have every intention of carrying out this project which will allow me to put all 111 hospitals into service”.
“At the normal rate of growth, we will probably not catch up with our health infrastructure deficit for a very long time; hence the need for a special program dedicated to infrastructure development.
“We are undertaking the construction of 111 entities, which include standard 100-bed district hospitals for 101 non-hospital districts, with housing for doctors and nurses; six new regional hospitals for each of the six new regions; the rehabilitation of the Effia-Nkwanta Hospital in the West Region; a new regional hospital for the Western region; and three psychiatric hospitals for each of the three zones of the country, namely North, Middle and Coastal.
Meanwhile, he expressed satisfaction with the measures put in place by the government to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, saying the country’s handling of the virus was one of the best in the world.
He said that despite the state’s lack of preparedness for the pandemic, the threat of the coronavirus could not shatter the economy due to the government’s decisive actions that have been recognized around the world.
“We have had our fair share of Covid denials and conspiracy theories, but it is fair to say, Mr President, that our handling of the Covid-19 outbreak has been exemplary. He was so acclaimed by the world. With the great mercy of the Almighty, we have saved lives,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo launched the Agenda 111 project on August 17, 2021.
The project will cover the design, procurement, construction, equipment and commissioning of 101 district hospitals, 6 regional hospitals in the newly created regions and 1 regional hospital in the western region, 2 psychiatric hospitals in Kumasi and Tamale, a revamped psychiatric hospital in Accra.
The project aims to ensure that Ghanaians across the country have access to quality health services and, together with the national health insurance scheme, to strengthen the provision of health infrastructure and financial accessibility to health care. .
Doctors, nurses and other health personnel will be housed in the hospitals to be built.
According to the detailed Agenda 111 document, the facilities that Ghanaians will benefit from include four state-of-the-art operating theaters for maternity, obstetrics and gynecology, a comprehensive package of male, female, pediatric and isolation wards, among others.
According to the government, when completed, the venture will be “the biggest investment in the country’s health infrastructure since independence”.