Thursday, 23rd September 2021
The former Regional minister for then Bono Ahafo region under Mahama administration Hon. Eric Opoku has made a shocking disclosure of the achievement of both Mahama and Nana Addo at the health sector. According to the NDC scribe, Nana Addo comes nowhere close to Mahama when we talk of health infrastructure.
He was speaking with Mugabe Mase on the Gumbe show today monitored by CitizenOne when he made mention of this. The former Ashanti regional minister said, apart from the numerous hospitals and CHPS compounds built by the Mills-Mahama administration, the NDC government also expanded the health insurance scheme increasing subscription by over 50%.
He said when the president recently cut sod for the agenda 111, the health minister stated that Government had completed some 48 CHPS compounds. Hon. Opoku described this statement as laughable because John Mahama built 1300 every year. But Nana Addo government was boasting to of just 10 per year.
On health education facilities, Hon. Eric Opoku said when the NDC took over in 2009, there were 32 nursing training colleges in Ghana. However by the time it exited in 2017, the number had increased to 78. That means a total of 46 nursing and midwifery training colleges were added. Out if this figure, only one was a community based facility supported by Government. He mentioned Dadeasoaba, Ntotoroso, Goaso and Duayawnkwanta as some of the communities in his region which benefited.
For the NPP, the former minister said they built just one in five years and that one is in Bibiani in the Western North region. He challenged anyone who knew any other nursing training college built by the NPP to come out with details to proof him wrong.
On the issue of trainees allownce, the NDC legislator said, there was the need to replace the allowance with student loans to allow Government increase intake into the training colleges. He explained further that when the allowance was in place, Government could admit a little over 3000 each year. However when the allowance was scraped, the intake increased to as high as 13,000 each year.
He observed that when the NPP government reintroduced the allowance, it has been compelled to reduce intake again to around 5000.
Hon. Eric Opoku concluded by saying that, it was not true that NPP government has recruited over 100,000 nurses as they claim. He said if one add up all nurses who completed from 2012 to 2018, they were not up to 50,000. Meanwhile the NDC recruited public trained nurses up to 2015/16 before leaving office. So where did they get the 100,000 from? He asked.
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