After several months of alleged abandonment, construction of the Salaga Hospital is to once again kick off Chinese contractor, China Zhoung Hou has returned to the project site.
The contractor is in the process of recruiting fresh labourers to continue the project.
We would recall that President John Dramani Mahama in his ‘State of the Nation Address’ had included the project as one of his administration’s achievements.
However, the presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo in his counter ‘Real State of the Nation Address’ had pointed out that the project has been abandoned by the NDC and thus cannot be accounted for as an achievement.
In the bid to prove him wrong, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia had posted pictures of the uncompleted Salaga Hospital, arguing that the project is still on course.
‘Salaga Hospital On Course’ – Asiedu Nketia Accuses Nana Addo of Lying
The General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has rebutted claims by NPP Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, that the construction of the Salaga Hospital were false as pointed out by the President in Thursday’s State of the Nation Address.
The President in delivering the SOTN Address confidently pointed out among other achievements, the tremendous growth and improvement which has taken place in the Health sector since his ascension as the president. It was in this vein, that he made mention of the construction of the 60-bed District Hospital at Salaga in the Northern Region.
“Additionally, work is at various stages of completion on 13 district hospitals to bring health services closer to our people. These include 120-bed facilities at Dodowa, Fomena, Kumawu, Abetifi, Garu-Tempane, Sekondi and in Takoradi where the old European hospital is being refurbished. We are also constructing 60-bed hospitals at Tepa, Nsawkaw, Konongo, Madina, Salaga and Twifo-Praso,” said the President.
However, the presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo dismissed the president’s claims during his own counter Address. In what he termed ‘the Real State of the Nation’ delivered on Monday, Nana Addo said the Salaga hospital project is an abandoned one.
“…Far from the work progressing on the 60-bed district hospital in Salaga as the President claimed, those who live in that community describe the site as “fenced, locked and abandoned,” Nana Addo said.
Now, the NDC’s General Secretary who’s not at all ecxited about Nana Addo’s claims described the NPP’s address as merely a propaganda to win cheap and floating political points.
According to citifmonline.com, Mr. Asiedu Nketia said he visited the Salaga Hospital project site on Monday together with the MP and some other officials, while they were in the town for a funeral.
According to him, there are evidences that the project is actually in progress. Nketia proved his point by making available to journalists at a news conference, pictures of his visit to the site to show that the construction is indeed on course.
“I went there because I wanted a proof of the fact that the site was just fenced and there was a heap of sand there as Nana Addo was claiming …I went there with the MP of Salaga, with the Regional Minister and with the Police Department that was escorting the Regional Minister and we filmed the whole place and that is the story we put out for people to know and for Nana Addo to know that if they are relying on information by his propagandists then he is threading on dangerous grounds; because what we saw there was an exact opposite of what he sought to portray in his true state of the nation’s address and what we saw vindicated the President’s assertion that there was a 60-bed hospital construction in Salaga.”
“Some parts of the hospital have progressed to roofing stage, it is a massive project site and I am surprised anybody will describe that place as just abandoned with just a heap of sand; because actual construction has taken place,” he insisted.
The 60-bed capacity project reportedly halted due to a court injunction secured by the former contractor, Maico Construction Company limited.
Moreover, a Deputy National Security Coordinator, Alhaji Osman Mimina, is renovating some departments of the old Salaga District Hospital. These include the Laboratory, Out Patient Department and the pharmacy blocks. With his own resources, Alhaji Osman Mimina, who is a native of the area, has added a 500 capacity blood bank to the old hospital.