Residents lament the abandonment of the 68 million euro La General hospital redevelopment project

There were scenes of wailing on Friday by some aggrieved voters and La Dadekotopon MP Rita Naa Odoley Sowah at the abandoned La General Hospital.

The facility was demolished by the government to make way for planned rehabilitation to improve healthcare delivery in the area.

Hurt voters and La Dadekotopon MP Rita Naa Odoley Sowah mourn at the abandoned La General Hospital

He has served patients from Osu, La, Teshie and other areas along the coastal corridor of Accra.

In August 2020, President Akufo-Addo cut the grass for the said redevelopment to make the hospital fit for purpose as the integrity assessment revealed cracks and weaknesses.

This redevelopment project was to be financed by a credit facility from the Standard Chartered Bank of the United Kingdom, with an export credit guarantee from China’s Sinosure worth approximately 68 million euros with a cover of insurance of 3.8 million euros.

But two years later, the land is still bare, full of weeds and the beautiful artist’s impression has yet to see the light of day.

After it was razed, La residents blamed the lack of a proper health facility in the area for what they describe as unnecessary deaths.

Residents lament the abandonment of the 68 million euro La General hospital redevelopment project
2 piles of gravel and sand on the site intended for the reconstruction of the General Hospital

A resident, Reverend Adjei, called the decision to demolish and abandon the project diabolical.

“We are crammed into a small area inside Labadi called the Latenu radio station area. When you go there, the deplorable state of the rhythm, and the pain and agony that people go through to access care, it’s terrible. And people are happy about it,” he said.

However, Mintah Akandoh, a member of the parliament’s health committee, believes that the funds allocated for the redevelopment project have been misused.

“An installation that cost around 68 million euros and you only have one trip of sand and gravel to the site?… Obviously the works are not going to start any time soon”, he told reporters during a site visit.

He insists this is the reason the government has failed to erect the state-of-the-art hospital announced two years ago.

The hon. member wants the Minister of Health and the President to admit that they have been incompetent in this regard.

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