The Bono Regional Minister, Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, has cautioned contractors working on the “Agenda 111” hospital projects across the country against shoddy works. She said, though contractors were expected to complete the various health facilities as scheduled, consultants and the beneficiary districts ought to monitor and ensure that the hospitals meet the required specifications and standards.
The Regional Minister gave the caution when she inspected progress of work on the Sunyani West Municipal Hospital, under “Agenda 111”, being constructed at Odomase, the Municipal capital, as part of her visit to the Municipality.
Consar Limited is putting up the 100-bed capacity hospital, with a standard mortuary, other wards and various auxiliary facilities.
Madam Owusu-Banahene explained that the government had prioritised the “Agenda 111” health facilities that enable people in deprived communities to easily access quality healthcare at their doorposts and help improve their health status.
She said good health did not only enhance the general well being of the people, but further enhanced productivity that culminates into poverty reduction and wealth creation, justifying that “when people are sick it affects and slows down their economic activities.”
Madam Owusu-Banahene said she was highly impressed with the work done on the project so far, and asked the contractors to speed up to complete the hospital in time.
Mr. Santhana Kathrick, Project Manager, Consar Limited, said work done on the project was about eight percent, and appealed for extension of electricity to the site to improve security.
He said with power extension, contractors could work at night, and promised to complete the work and handover the project in June 2023.
Earlier in the day, the regional minister who paid courtesies on the Awuah Domase and Odomase Number One Traditional Councils in the area, called on the chiefs to support the successful implementation of government policies and programmes to benefit the populace.
She said in particular, the implementation of the Electronic Transaction Levy (e-levy) would succeed if the chiefs and queens take the lead in educating the masses on the benefits of the levy so that the government could mobilise the needed revenue required for development.
Madam Owusu-Banahene also addressed a durbar of staff of the Sunyani West Municipal Assembly, and cautioned them against apathy and absenteeism that could slow down work productivity and drawback development.