Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, a member of parliament representing Juaboso and ranking member on health, called the government’s sod-cutting event to turn Sunyani’s Bono Regional Hospital into a teaching hospital a farce.
On Saturday, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, the minister of health, cut the sod for the project.
On behalf of the Minority in Parliament, Mr. Mintah Akandoh, however, stated in a statement that there was no funding allocated for the building or extension of the Sunyani hospital in the government’s 2024 budget statement and financial projections that were read on Wednesday.
“There is no known government policy, financial allocation and the political will to undertake such an expansion of the facility into a teaching facility, and the minister knows there is no allocation in the 2024 budget,” the MP noted.
He went on to say that the sod cutting is simply another blustery move by the administration to mislead the people of Bono and the nation.
Arguing out his case, Mr. Akandoh pointed out that “The supposed sod cutting amid an IMF programme and the proximity to an election year is suspicious – especially when the project was not captured in the budget.”
The Ranking Member reminded the people of Ghana of the government’s repeated broken promises to finance comparable initiatives, including the destruction of the operational La General Hospital and the Accident and Emergency Center at the Dormaa Hospital.