No government can build 94 hospitals in one year – Sipa Yankey


Former Minister of Health, Dr George Sipa-Adjah Yankey has laughed off the announcement by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to build at least 88 new hospitals, saying no government worth its salt can do so within one year.

“It is not feasible,” he emphasized.

He said even the procurement process alone takes over a year.

Dr Sipah Yankey made this known on Thursday on Hot Issues with Johnnie Hughes.

“To begin to build a hospital doesn’t take one year.”

During his periodic Covid-19 televised address last Sunday, President Akufo-Addo said government will within the next one year build 94 hospitals across the country.

Eighty-eight out of these will be 100-bed hospitals in districts which do not have such facilities while six will be built as regional hospitals for the newly created regions.

But Dr Sipa Yankey said even securing a loan facility for such a project takes some time.

Again, he said, such a facility needs parliamentary approval to qualify it for disbursement.

“Because of these processes to go through, it cannot be possible for any government or anybody to build 88 district hospitals within one year,” he stressed.