Yesterday 26th April 2020, the president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo addressed the Nation on the enhanced response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
During his address, president Akufo-Addo disclosed that there are eighty-eight (88) districts in our country without district hospitals hence the government is planning to construct 88 hospitals in these districts in the country.
According to the president, construction of the 88 hospitals help boost healthcare delivery in the country.
“There are 88) districts in our country without district hospitals; we have six (6) new regions without regional hospitals; we do not have five infectious disease control centres dotted across the country; and we do not have enough testing and isolation centres for diseases like COVD-19. We must do something urgently about this. That is why Government has decided to undertake a major investment in our healthcare infrastructure, the largest in our history. We will, this year, begin constructing 88 hospitals in the districts without hospitals.”He said.
“Each of them will be a quality, standard-design, one hundred bed hospital, with accommodation for doctors, nurses and other health workers, and the intention is to complete them within a year. We have also put in place plans for the construction of six new regional hospitals in the six new regions, and the rehabilitation of the Effia Nkwanta Hospital, in Sekondi, which is the regional hospital of the Western Region.”He added.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s COVID-19 cases have increased to 1,550. This is according to the Ghana Health Service’s latest update on Sunday, April 26, 2020.
The updated case count comes after 271 more persons tested positive for the virus.
Per the update, one more person has died while 21 additional recoveries have been confirmed.
Some of the new cases were confirmed in the Oti, Greater Accra, Ashanti and the Central regions.
Out of the 271 new cases reported, about 75 of them were detected through routine surveillance while 196 were found positive through the enhanced contact tracing exercise.