Abandoned La General Hospital Site Turned Into Okro Farm?
A site intended for the construction of the La General Hospital in Greater Accra has reportedly been turned into an okro farm.
This came to light when Minority members of the Parliamentary Health Committee paid a working visit to the site to access the progress of work on Wednesday.
Two years the line, the rehabilitation of the hospital had stuck, a situation which has left residents worried as they blame recent deaths on the absence of the facility.
In March 2022, the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, assured the contractor was returning to the site to finally begin work.
According to the Minister, the work had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other documentation issues in China.
But the committee discovered that the €68m project was yet to see physical foundation works with few equipment and workers present.
Also, an okro farm was ongoing on portions of the land while another section served as a football pitch.
Deputy Ranking member on the Health Committee, Elizabeth Agyare, expressed worry over the situation.
Madam Agyare cautioned that the government should ensure that Ghana doesn’t pay more money for the project due to unexplainable reasons.
Some residents also expressed worry over the drag-feet attitude of the government on the project as several have died due to long distances traveled on emergency cases.
They have, therefore, as a matter of urgency called on the government to do the needful.
The hospital was closed down in March 2020 to pave way for its redevelopment due to the bad nature of the structures.