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Fourteen (14) medical Waste treatment sites to be constructed – Pres. Akufo-Addo

Fourteen (14) medical Waste treatment sites to be constructed – Pres. Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated his commitment to improving the healthcare of the Ghanaian people. He made the assertion by outlining a number of health projects that his administration would achieve during his second term of office, including the construction of fourteen (14) medical waste treatment sites in the country –  to once and for all solve the challenge of unsafe medical waste disposal.

The President made the statement while delivering his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 to the Parliament of Ghana.

I want to urge members of the house to learn their voices to the public education campaign currently ongoing with regards to the vaccine programme. The vaccine together with the strict compliances of the safety protocols      is what would allow us to open up our country again and embark on the quest to restore normalcy to our lives and livelihoods. Government is also mindful of the problem associated with vaccination. And that is how to dispose of used PPEs, vials, needles and syringes that are being used in the vaccination exercise. Government is collaborating with the private sector to establish fourteen (14) medical waste facilities across the country to help address once and for all, the safe disposal of medical waste”, he stated.

President Akufo-Addo also disclosed that a total of 33 major health projects were approved for implementation last year by his Government.

Government, Mr. Speaker, has emphasized the need to expand access to healthcare to every Ghanaian.…And I want to thank again, and again all our frontline health workers for their devotion to duty and sense of patriotism. The great amount of work undertaken by Government has led to having presently some 307 functioning and well equipped ambulances under the One Constituency, One Ambulance (1C1A) initiative, supported by a state of the arts digitised command centre to feel emergency calls and to disburse ambulances. Last year, 33 major health projects were approved for implementation at a cost of £890million Euros. Key among them are the Koforidua Regional Hospital, Tema General Hospital, the Nephrology and Urology Centre at Korle – Bu, redevelopment of the Efia-Nkwanta Hospital into a teaching hospital, and the construction of a new regional hospital at Agona Nkwanta in the Western Region” he reiterated.

 

Source: Yvette Appiah (Journalist, Real Estate Times Africa)

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