A hospital project meant to offer a lifeline to residents of Kumawu at the heart of the Ashanti region, is rather impeding development of the area.
This is according to Kumawumanhene, Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua who adds that their pleas for urgent governmental intervention is falling on deaf ears.
The 120-bed hospital facility for Kumawu in the Sekyere Afram Plains District was initiated by the former Mahama administration in 2015.
With funding already secured for it under the NMS Infrastructure valued at $175 million, construction works began in earnest only for it to stall after the NPP assumed the reins of power in 2017.
The abandoned project which would have served residents of the district and provided those within its catchment area with the needed medical care, is now at the mercy of the vagaries of the weather.
Most of the buildings have not seen an additional concrete block being added after it stalled in 2017, with some overgrown by weeds.
This has infuriated the chiefs and people of the area who are questioning the true motive behind allowing the place to rot depriving them of the needed healthcare.
Addressing members of the Minority caucus of Parliament’s Health Committee, Kumawumanhene Barima Kodua said despite constant engagements with the contractor of the abandoned project, nothing seems to be done.
He also added that the delay in completing the project is stalling the “socio-economic development of the area.”
“The contractor is on site but looks like those undertaking the construction works are not enough despite the parliamentary approval of a facility. His response was that he was awaiting the release of the funds so he could also employ more people.”
“I’m happy you [committee members] are here. I’m very passionate about this hospital project because when completed it will serve the medical and healthcare needs of residents here. When completed it will also boost the socio-economic activity of the people here and alleviate their plight,” he said.