Founder and leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addai Odike has chided President Akufo-Addo `for politicizing coronavirus epidemic.
Odike is calling on Ghanaians to collectively fight the outbreak as it knows no political colour, race, sex or personality.
He disclosed that, the world is not playing politics with the virus that has affected over 1.6 million people and killed 99,690 people.
“It is becoming very scary as the case count for the disease keeps growing by the day and now the president says he’s going to build 94 new hospitals within the space of one year, but I have my doubts; your Excellency, if you really want to help Ghanaians, then I’m telling you today to forget about the 94 proposed new facilities; my advice to you is very simple; there are 7 hospitals in the Ashanti region that were begun by Mahama and have been abandoned in the bush, complete them first before you think of bringing 10 new ones”, Odike said.
He observed that “they are all at levels that finding funds to complete them would be easier than to attempt to build 10 new entirely ones; this is not the time to be doing politics, so start working on Mahama’s hospital projects immediately”.
“Let artisans at Magazine start manufacturing hospital beds; there is no need to be importing them at all. Give them samples of existing hospitals beds so that they can build local ones to meet those specification standards and also let local foam manufacturing companies provide the mattresses,” Odike advised.
President Akufo-Addo said six regional hospitals would be built in the six newly created regions, which did not have regional hospitals.
Some other regional hospitals, which are in deplorable state will be upgraded to benefit the residents in their localities.
He noted that the government has adopted prudent measures to help curb the disease and urged the citizens to adhere to the directives on the disease to address the Covid-19 situation in the country.