Former Central Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Bernard Allotey Jacobs has called on his party members to stop criticizing President Akufo-Addo over his decision to construct 94 new hospitals across the country.
According to him, it is premature for the NDC to think the construction of the hospitals is not feasible.
Although he believes the 88 district hospitals and the 6 regional hospitals can’t be built within a year, he is optimistic a couple of them would be built to augment the existing ones and fulfill the President’s promise of improving the health sector.
Speaking in an interview monitored by ABC News, Allotey Jacobs said the NDC is ‘making noise’ because instead of them to sit, watch and find out if President Akufo-Addo will be true to his word by constructing the hospitals before criticizing him, they are rather punching holes in his address.
“If he says he will construct them, we have to exercise patience and watch him. Where is he going to get the funds? How is he going to start? If he begins one or two, bear in mind that the districts that he will construct them in; the people will appreciate it. So, for me, it is premature for him to be criticized now because you’re even urging him more to even find resources to start the projects…If he can do it or not, what is important is that the 88 districts in this country need hospitals.”
”When it’s getting close to elections and he hasn’t begun, then you can call out his bluff, but it’s too early to say that he can’t get funds or resources to complete it,” he added.
He, therefore, advised the NDC to stop the propaganda and have the interest of the country at heart by rallying behind the president to build the hospitals to help fight the novel coronavirus.
“It has to take you as a Ghanaian that the interest of this nation is more dear to your heart. But people will do propaganda with it, will do politics with it,” he noted.