Ghana’s ambitious “Agenda 111” Hospital Project, initiated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, continues to make significant strides towards enhancing healthcare infrastructure in the country. In a recent update, President Akufo-Addo reaffirmed his government’s unwavering commitment to completing this transformative healthcare endeavor, which aims to construct 111 modern healthcare facilities across the nation.
The President had laid the foundation stone for the “Agenda 111” Hospital Project in August 2021, setting in motion an ambitious plan to revolutionize Ghana’s healthcare system. As of now, the project’s progress is notable, with construction underway for eighty-six (86) district hospitals, two (2) regional psychiatric hospitals, and the western regional hospital, all of which are at various stages of completion.
Speaking at the commissioning of the St. Michael’s Specialist Hospital on September 30, 2023, in Abeka Lapaz, President Akufo-Addo provided insights into the status of the ongoing projects. He revealed that the average completion rate for the eighty-nine (89) active projects currently stands at an impressive fifty-two percent (52%). Furthermore, some sites have already reached completion rates as high as seventy to eighty percent.
A significant aspect of the “Agenda 111” initiative is the utilization of indigenous Ghanaian contractors for construction, which has not only fueled economic growth but has also created both direct and indirect employment opportunities for Ghanaians. Each construction site currently employs an average of one hundred and twenty (120) workers, and upon completion, these hospitals are expected to provide employment for an average of five hundred and forty-nine (549) individuals in district hospitals, one thousand, three hundred and forty-three (1,343) in regional hospitals, and nine hundred and forty-seven (947) in each psychiatric hospital. This totals an impressive sixty-seven thousand, six hundred and thirty-five (67,635) job opportunities created by the “Agenda 111” hospitals.
The “Agenda 111” initiative encompasses several crucial aspects, including the construction of 101 standard 100-bed district hospitals, six new regional hospitals to cater to the six new regions, rehabilitation of the Effia-Nkwanta Hospital in the Western Region, construction of one new regional hospital for the Western Region, and two psychiatric hospitals for the Middle and North zones of the country. This monumental project carries an estimated cost of USD$1.765 billion.
President Akufo-Addo’s vision extends beyond infrastructure development; he aspires to make Ghana a Center of Excellence for Medical Care in West Africa by 2030. This vision leverages Ghana’s reputation as the most peaceful country in West Africa, a beacon of democracy on the continent, and a land of opportunities.
The President reaffirmed his government’s dedication to improving access to essential and quality health services by providing the necessary infrastructure, equipment, and logistics. This commitment aligns with Ghana’s pursuit of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and includes efforts to restore nursing trainee allowances, recruit an unprecedented number of healthcare workers, equip the Ghana Ambulance Service, enhance the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), and employ drone technology for delivering emergency medical supplies to remote areas.
In the wake of these developments, Ghana’s healthcare sector is poised for substantial growth and progress. The “Agenda 111” Hospital Project not only aims to bridge healthcare gaps but also positions Ghana as a beacon of medical excellence on the African continent. President Akufo-Addo’s dedication to improving healthcare services reaffirms his government’s commitment to the well-being of Ghanaians and the nation’s journey toward a brighter and healthier future.