The issues surrounding the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) are enough to make any serious minister curious to find out if they are similar facilities across the country.
Our minister of health, who was all-knowing, when he chaired the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of parliament, exposed his inefficiency when he admitted publicly that, he did not know of the existence of more than 11 health facilities that have been abandoned, including the Ofankor health centre.
According to him, he only found out about the facilities a few weeks ago when a circulating document on their existence was forwarded to him by the president’s press secretary.
Listen to him, “I joined the ministry, took over handing over notes but these things were never found anywhere and for nearly one year plus, nobody in the ministry mentioned this to me until a got a message from Nana Bedietuo Asante [the president’s press secretary],” he said on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Monday.
In his defence, the hospitals were not part of the handing over note presented to him. The minister was telling Ghanaians that, if the facilities could be stolen, someone, would made away with them.
The minister, has been in office for over a year now, so all the advice, he has been given the government is based on hearsay.
His first order of business, after his swearing in, would have been to tour the country, and taken inventory of all the facilities, those completed and yet to be used, those still under construction, the ones operating and what is needed to improve on performance etc.
This would have afforded the minister first hand information and his advice, will be based on knowledge.
It is sad for the minister to say, he got to know of the abandoned facilities on social media.
We find disturbing the comments by minister very disturbing, especially when of the several infrastructural problems in the country, the one from abandoned health facilities is today the most intractable.
In saner climes the minister, would have resigned or sacked.