The National Communications Officer of the biggest opposition party in Ghana, has given out a number of interventions that were taken by the erstwhile Mahama administration in the health sector, to debunk the erroneous impression created by the General Managress of GhOne Tv.
A 12 year old boy, who lost his life at North Tongu constituency as a result of difficulty in getting a bed for him at a tertiary hospital facility has led to the Member of Parliament for North Tongu and the Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram to advocate for reforms in our health system in order to curb the syndrome of no beds in our various hospitals.
In a reaction to this advocacy by these Member of Parliaments, the General Managress of GhOne Tv, scold their party for doing nothing about the healthcare sector when their party was in government.
In a tweet by Nana Ama Anamoah, she made a sarcastic statements on the call to fix the ‘no bed’ complain by these MPs and slammed them for their poor performance in the healthcare sector under their watch.
”Imagine if you had dealt with the low number of ICU beds alone at Korle Bu.
Imagine if you had ensured availability of
defibrillators at our major hospitals.
Imagine oo. Just imagine.
You think we’d be here today?
In what seems to be a response to Nana Aba Anamoah’s misconception about what the NDC did in the health sector, Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communications Officer of the NDC has given details on a number of projects that were initiated and completed by the Mahama administration in the health sector.
The National Communications Officer in his statement, urged his party members to exhibit tolerance for criticisms and divergence and state their case with facts on the achievement of the NDC in the health sector.
Kindly read the full response issued out by the National Communications Officer
My dear Nana Aba Anamoah, I appreciate the concerns you have expressed in the attached tweet but respectfully disagree with you.
It is important to make the point that no government can solve all the problems or challenges confronting its people. So the issue is not the existence of problems or challenges per se, but the contribution of various governments to the solution of those problems is what matters.
The facts show that no party in the history of this 4th republic has done more than the NDC has done in the health sector.
Aside the dozens of health infrastructure projects including a quaternary hospital, 4 regional hospitals, 3 institutional hospitals, 14 district hospitals, 18 health centers, 20 polyclinics, and over 2000 CHPS Compounds that were built across the length and breath of the country, the Mahama administration rolled out the National Medical Equipment Replacement Programme under which US$264 million was invested in the provision of critical diagnostic and treatment equipment for over 150 hospitals nationwide. This included all teaching hospitals, all regional hospitals, 125 district hospitals, 14 health centers and 8 mobile clinics.
The equipment received by hospitals varied from MRI machines, CT scan, fluoroscopy machine, X-ray machine, oxygen plants, digital Mammography, just to mention a few.
Under this program, obsolete equipment and theatres we replaced and rehabilitated. For instance, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the Pediatric Surgery Theatre which remained closed for almost 8 years, the General Surgery Theatre and the Babies Unit were all refurbished and made operational.
All these were achieved with a relatively smaller resource envelope of just about GHc248 billion. Now, the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government has had access to a total resource envelope of over GHc350 billion in the only 4 and years. The question we should ask them, is what do they have to show relative to investments in the health sector for this gargantuan and unprecedented resource envelope? They have nothing significant to show except consumption, profligacy and corruption. And that’s why they cannot show any hospitals or significant projects they have built or undertaken in the last 4 and half years in the health and other sectors of our lives.
Therefore in all fairness, you cannot blame the current challenges in our health sector on the NDC that left power about five (5) years ago. Have a nice day and continue doing the great job you are doing for mother Ghana.
NB: Now to my NDC comrades, let’s exhibit tolerance for criticisms and divergence and state our case with decorum. Thank you.