• Sat. Aug 6th, 2022

Minority accuses gov’t of misapplying €68M allocated for La General Hospital project

The government has been chastised by the Minority in Parliament over delays in the construction of the La General Hospital.

Due to the deteriorating quality of the structures, the health center was demolished in March 2020 for reconstruction.

Despite multiple guarantees from the administration, development on the property has yet to begin after two years.

During a visit to the site by some members of Parliament’s Minority, it was discovered that weeds had taken over some of the ground.

The delay in construction, according to Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, the Ranking Member of Parliament’s Health Committee, is due to the misapplication of the over 60 million Euro monies granted for the project.

He requested that the government complete the abandoned project in order to demonstrate to Ghanaians that construction funds had not been misappropriated.

“The facility we saw two years ago is still a park, and the citizens of La deserve better.” Because he lied about it, it has spread beyond the Minister. When the Minister’s attention was raised to it on the House floor, he made a variety of excuses and vowed to start and finish the work, but we are still here.”

“You have only one trip of sand and gravels on the site, and it cost roughly 68 million euros.” According to all indications, work will not begin any time soon. I am convinced that the funds have been misappropriated. I’d like to be proven incorrect. They should arrive to the location and begin working if they have not misappropriated the funds.”

Rita Odoley Sowah, the Member of Parliament for La Dade-Kotopon, also urged the government to guarantee that the facility is built to meet the health needs of the community.

“The people of La are in excruciating suffering. We require a medical institution. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is being urged to build a hospital for us.”

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the site’s construction over a year ago, but the project has since been put on hold.

The project is being financed with a credit facility from Standard Chartered Bank of the United Kingdom and an export credit guarantee from Sinosure of the People’s Republic of China in the amount of €68 million, with a €3,860,349.18 insurance cover.

Poly Changda, a Chinese business, will be in charge of the project.

It will be converted into a 160-bed facility with an outpatient department, inpatient wards, maternity and neonatal services, surgical unit with four theatres, accident and emergency department, public health department, pharmacy unit, laboratory, administration, imaging area with CT Scan, X-ray room, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, and mammography units, physiotherapy unit, and a mortuary once completed.

The La Polyclinic, as it was previously known, was established in the early 1960s.

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