Akufo-Addo is using COVID-19 addresses to relay campaign promises – Akandoh
- Parliament’s Health Committee ranking member, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, has accused President Akufo-Addo of campaigning with COVID-19
- According to him, the president was taking advantage of his national addresses to launch his campaign ahead of the general elections
- Akandoh said the promise to build new hospitals was no way linked to the current COVID-19 pandemic in the country
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A ranking member of Parliament’s Health Committee and MP for Juaboso, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, has pointed fingers at President Akufo-Addo of campaigning in these COVID-19 times.
According to him, the president was taking advantage of his COVID-19 national addresses to subtly launch his campaign ahead of the 2020 general elections.
President Akufo-Addo, in the eighth address on April 26, 2020, to the nation on COVID-19 measures, promised to build 88 new district hospitals as well as hospitals for the six newly created regions which will be completed within a one-year period.
Speaking on Monday’s edition of Eyewitness News, Akandoh expressed disappointment in the president for using the novel coronavirus as a platform to relay his campaign promises.
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According to Akandoh, the promise to build new hospitals was no way linked to the current COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
“In their manifesto in 2016, they stated that they were going to build one district hospital in each district that did not have district hospitals and upgrade other district hospitals. As at that time, there was nothing like COVID-19. So it’s a clear repetition and a launch of manifesto promises,” the Juaboso MP added.
He rather suggested to governemnt to rather focus on completing deserted hospital projects in the country instead of starting new ones.
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Meanwhile, in a bid to augment the already existing health facilities that are fronting in the fight of the coronavirus otherwise known as the COVID-19, President Akufo-Addo has revealed that 88 district hospitals are going to be built.
According to the president, the virus has exposed the deficiencies and unequal distribution and health care facilities in the country.
The president said the government has over the years focused on infrastructure in the two big cities to the detriment of the rest.
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