After some diligent work, journalists have uncovered that five polyclinics listed as achievements in the NDC Manifesto do not exist.
In the National Democratic Congress' manifesto towards the 2016 General Elections, the party alleged that the said polyclinics in the Western Region has been "completed and [were] operational." “The following have been completed and are operational: five (5) in the Western Region at Wassa Dunkwa, Bogoso, Nsuaem, Mpohor and Elubo,” stated the NDC Manifesto.
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However, the skeptic and diligent radio station, Sky Power, in Takoradi, put together a team of journalists to verify the existence of these clinics. Upon uncovering the lies, Kojo Brace of the radio station simply reported "There is nothing like a polyclinic there" after his team checked out Bogoso, Nsuayem, and Mpohor districts of the Western region to verify the claims of the government.
But that does not mean that there were no efforts to erect polyclinics in such places.
From Bogoso, the journalist reported that the chief of the area gave land to government within this year for such a project to commence, “but as of now, it is only the clearing of the land that has been done. The existing health centre has not had any renovations done on it to give an indication that may be that structure is to be turned into a polyclinic.”
The same could not be said of Nsuaem, which is in the Tarkwa Nsuaem constituency. “I have just spoken to an authority at the health centre here, and he tells me he has not even heard of anything like that here. The people living in Nsuaem have not heard of any land that has been acquired for the building of this polyclinic,” the team reported.
In defense, Minister of Employment, Haruna Iddrisu, who spoke with Joy FM on Wednesday, 3rd November, explained these are mistakes in the NDC manifesto.
He called the fallacy a "regrettable omission" and a "misarrangement of a paragraph" in the manifesto. He explained the projects are supposed to be part of polyclinics government intends to construct in the future.
According to him, the manifesto was "not intended to deceive".
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