The Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Mr Kwesi Pratt Jr has joined the group of pessimists who have been expressing lack of confidence in the commitment of government with respect to the implementation of the agenda 111 initiative.
President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, cut sod for work to begin on the construction of 88 district hospitals. So far, $100 million have been secured as a commencement fund as indicated by the Minister of Information on Sunday. According to President Akufo-Addo, the completion of these projects would create job opportunities for 20,000 health professionals.
The president is also confident that these projects will position Ghana as a potential medical tourism destination. Besides, the use of laocal contractors will also contribute to building capacity for the industry players within the construction sector.
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Despite these assurances by the president and goverment communicators, many Ghanaians including Kwesi Pratt continue to express pessimism as far as the implementation of the initiative is concerned.
Speaking on Metro TV on Wednesday, the veteran journalist said that he is no longer moved by sod cutting by the politcal leadership. According to Mr Pratt, there have been so many sod cutting ceremonies across the country without the projects being implemented.
“Eighteen years ago, we cut sod for the renovation of the the police hospital which is still ongoing. About a year ago, they went to South Labadi and pulled down the polyclinic that they were going to build a hospital in the place. It has now become a field for teenaers playing football. I am no longer impressed with sod cutting. We have cut many sods and nothing has happened”.
He further raised concerns about the availability of resources to implement the ageda 111.
“I cannot tell whether indeed we have enough resources to do that. Because looking at the national economic situation, there is no room to do that”.