Former president John Mahama, a flag bearer-aspirant of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has expressed concern about the government’s inability to operationalise the newly-built Upper West Regional Hospital in Wa.
Almost two years after the NDC left government, the hospital is at a standstill, forcing the intended beneficiaries to travel long distances to seek specialised medical care.
Mr Mahama said the hospital project is one of his administration’s flagship projects in the region and intended to provide specialised medical care to the people in the Upper West Region and surrounding areas.
Mr Mahama noted that the project was 95% complete when he visited the site in 2016.
Addressing delegates of the NDC in Tumu on Tuesday, 9 October 2018, to round up his three-day campaign tour of the region, Mr Mahama could not hide his disappointment.
He said: “Somebody has built a hospital, 95 per cent complete with equipment and everything. Just put the equipment, then come and put a plaque there with your name written on it that you commissioned it, that one too you can’t do? What is difficult about doing that one?”
Mr Mahama explained that it was the intention of the NDC government to build regional hospitals throughout the country with working equipment such as X-rays and MRI scans to serve as a referral post for all smaller hospitals.
He has, therefore, called on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to make it a priority to commission the Upper West Regional Hospital to be able to serve the needs of the people in the region.
Mr Mahama, however, assured the people of the Upper West Region that if the NPP government fails to inaugurate the hospital, it would be one of the first priorities of the next NDC government.
Mr Mahama has subsequently begun a tour of the Upper East Region.