President Akufo-Addo’s flagship agenda to build 111 hospitals across the country – Agenda 111 – is set to take off on Tuesday 17 August 2021.
Following the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, the Akufo-Addo government took heed of the severity of the pandemic’s impact on the many districts in Ghana which do not have a hospital.
To bridge the gap, the government announced that it had decided to build hospitals in the left-out districts.
In seeking to fulfil its promise to the nation and people of Ghana at this moment in our history, the government is taking a bold step. By building these hospitals, it will start to correct what has been a long-standing anomaly in distribution of health infrastructure across the country.
The 111 hospitals are a major infrastructure intervention. And when complete, the programme will fulfil the government’s policy of maintaining at least one hospital for each district and region.
It will also improve geographical health-care coverage and access to health care for all Ghanaians, wherever they reside in Ghana, and transform health-care delivery in our local communities.
On completion, the Agenda 111 venture will be the largest investment in health-care infrastructure in Ghana since independence. Never before in the annals of this country’s health infrastructure development has universal access to good and affordable health care been envisioned so strategically.
The project’s objectives
The objective of the project as set out by the president is to ensure that Ghanaians in every district and region in the country have access to quality health-care services.
The Agenda 111 project, together with the National Health Insurance Scheme, is expected to boost both provision of health-care infrastructure and financial accessibility of health care, in line with the government’s commitment to ensure universal health care for all citizens and attainment of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3).
On completion, the hospitals will fulfil the government’s health policy of a hospital in each district and region.
The process of making good on the deliverables will also create a model of accelerated construction for health facilities which can be developed for future health projects.
Scope of works
The Ministry of Health says the Agenda 111 project will cover the following deliverables: design, procurement, construction, equipping and commissioning of 101 district hospitals, six regional hospitals in the newly created regions (Bono, Bono East, North East, Oti, Savannah and Western North), as well as one new regional hospital in the Western Region, two psychiatric hospitals (Kumasi and Tamale) and redevelopment of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
The Western Region will also benefit from rehabilitation of Effia Nkwanta Hospital.
All of the hospitals are expected to have a complement of staff accommodation for doctors, nurses and other health workers.