The National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi says there is no government that can find solution to all the problems and challenges its subjects face.
The astute NDC communicator made the comment on his facebook fall in reaction to assertion that had the Mahama administration solved the bed-related problems in various hospitals in the country, the problem wouldn’t have been in existence by now. The assertion was made by Nana Aba Anamoah, the General Manager of GhOne Television.
“NDC peeps screaming #fixthecountry Imagine if you had dealt with the low number of ICU beds alone at Korle Bu. Imagine if you had ensured availability of defibrillators at our major hospitals. Imagine oo. Just imagine. You think we’d be here today?” Nana Aba wrote on twitter Sunday, May 16.
But for Sammy Gyamfi, the then Mahama administration cannot solve all the problems, especially, problems associated with the country’s health sector. He pointed out numerous interventions that the health sector have seen.
Read below Sammy Gyamfi’s full response to Nana Aba’s assertion.
My dear Nana Aba Anamoah, I appreciate the concerns you have expressed in the attached tweet but respectfully disagree with you.
It is important to make the point that no government can solve all the problems or challenges confronting its people. So the issue is not the existence of problems or challenges per se, but the contribution of various governments to the solution of those problems is what matters.
The facts show that no party in the history of this 4th republic has done more than the NDC has done in the health sector.
Aside the dozens of health infrastructure projects including a quaternary hospital, 4 regional hospitals, 3 institutional hospitals, 14 district hospitals, 18 health centers, 20 polyclinics, and over 2000 CHPS Compounds that were built across the length and breadth of the country, the Mahama administration rolled out the National Medical Equipment Replacement Programme under which US$264 million was invested in the provision of critical diagnostic and treatment equipment for over 150 hospitals nationwide. This included all teaching hospitals, all regional hospitals, 125 district hospitals, 14 health centers and 8 mobile clinics.
The equipment received by hospitals varied from MRI machines, CT scan, fluoroscopy machine, X-ray machine, oxygen plants, digital Mammography, just to mention a few.
Under this program, obsolete equipment and theatres we replaced and rehabilitated. For instance, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the Pediatric Surgery Theatre which remained closed for almost 8 years, the General Surgery Theatre and the Babies Unit were all refurbished and made operational.
All these were achieved with a relatively smaller resource envelope of just about GHc248 billion. Now, the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government has had access to a total resource envelope of over GHc350 billion in the only 4 and years. The question we should ask them, is what do they have to show relative to investments in the health sector for this gargantuan and unprecedented resource envelope? They have nothing significant to show except consumption, profligacy and corruption. And that’s why they cannot show any hospitals or significant projects they have built or undertaken in the last 4 and half years in the health and other sectors of our lives.
Therefore, in all fairness, you cannot blame the current challenges in our health sector on the NDC that left power about five (5) years ago. Have a nice day and continue doing the great job you are doing for mother Ghana.
NB: Now to my NDC comrades, let’s exhibit tolerance for criticisms and divergence and state our case with decorum. Thank you.