President John Dramani Mahama has assured Ghanaians there is no cause for alarm because his government is on the right course to lead the country into an “upper middle income” status.
Touting the achievements of his administration on Tuesday at an event dubbed: ‘Accounting to the People Forum’, Mahama said the government has done a lot in all sectors to put the oil-producing country on a sound footing.
“Ghana is on the path of recovery and our medium term prospects of becoming an upper middle income country are brighter now than ever in the history of our country,” the president who is seeking a second term come the 2016 general elections said at the State Banquet Hall in Accra.
The book entitled ‘Accounting to the People’ captures the developments Ghana has seen under his tenure.
He said: “Development occurs within space and time and so very often it’s not easy to comprehend that development is taking place because if you live in, say Chorkor, and there is a hospital being built in Nungua, you might not have the consciousness that healthcare is improving.
“And so what I’ve tried to do with this book is to bring an overview of what we’ve been doing in the whole country over the period of our governance. Accounting to the people brings together in one space and volume, major highlights of what we have achieved so far as a government.”
On health, he said: “The number of hospitals that we have built or are building, or are in various stages of construction, are phenomenal. From regional hospitals to district hospitals, to polyclinics, to specialized hospitals, there are so many of them.”
He mentioned that work was ongoing on two teaching hospitals, four regional hospitals and 14 district hospitals and over 30 health centres.
He also said five additional polyclinics have been completed while 15 other polyclinics for the Eastern and Central regions have just been approved by Parliament.
President Mahama said 1,260 CHIPS Compound have been built across the country. The number of health training institutions have also been increased from 25 in 2005 to 95 in 2015 in order to train more qualified health personnel. Student intake into these training institutions also moved up from 12,000 to 23,000 over the same period.
On the NHIS, he said in 2008, utilization (number of visits made by patients holding NHIS cards) was 9.3 million. In 2014, the number went up to 29.6 million.
“We are treating far more people today than ever have been treated in history,” Mahama added.