Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has indicated at a virtual town hall meeting in Accra held on Tuesday, 18 August 2020 at the College of Physicians and Surgeons that since coming to office in 2017, the NPP government has embarked on numerous infrastructure development projects in the health sector.
They include contracts for the construction of 429 CHPS compounds in rural communities of which 243 are completed and opened for use with 186 others at various stages of completion.
Also, of the 55 maternity blocks and wards being constructed at different health facilities across the country, 36 have been completed and 19 are at various stages of completion, he said.
Dr Bawumia noted that some of the completed projects are in communities such as Aduman in the Afiagya Kwabre district, Frimponso in the Atiwa district, Bawku Central, Aveyime in the North Tong district, Danladi in the Nkwanta North, and many more.
“In collaboration with the private sector, we have delivered the first-ever Infectious Disease Centre in Ghana.
“This was constructed within 100 days and has since been commissioned for use.
“To improve the delivery of essential services at deprived and remote communities across the country, in collaboration with Zipline, we have constructed the four drone centres at Omaneko in the Eastern region, Walewale in the Northeast Region, Mampong in the Ashanti Region and Sefwi Wiaso in the Western North region. As of the end of June 2020, 79,800 medical products have been delivered to 945 health facilities. In addition, it has delivered over 2,500 COVID samples to testing centres in Accra (Noguchi) Kumasi (KCCR),” Dr Bawumia noted.
Additionally, he said 307 well-equipped state of the art ambulances have been procured and managed by the National Ambulance Service, with each constituency being allocated at least one ambulance.
“In addition to what we have done, we have also completed several health projects that we inherited from the previous government.
“Out of 30 infrastructure projects inherited, we have completed 16 of them including 10 polyclinics and 2 district hospitals.
“There is also ongoing construction of another 9 district hospitals”, he said.