Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, running mate to the
New Patriotic Party’s flagbearer for the 2016
elections, has accused the governing National
Democratic Congress (NDC) of failing to
provide basic amenities and healthcare for
The former deputy governor of the Bank of
Ghana said this in a lecture on the topic: ‘The
Role of Financial Discipline and Investment in
National Development’ at a National Financial
Literacy and Investment Summit organised by
the University Students Association of Ghana
(USAG) at the University for Development
Studies, Wa campus.
In his speech, Dr Bawumia criticised
government, indicating that Ghanaians cannot
relate to claims by the government of huge
investments in the water sector.
“The NDC claims to have put in over a billion
dollars in the area of water infrastructure. Yet,
today many places across the country are
seeing the worst shortages of water in decades.
So, what is the essence of the claims being
made by the NDC with respect to investments
in water when after seven years, the people are
rather seeing worse shortages than they were
before these so-called investments?” he
Commenting on the health system, he
indicated that the National Health Insurance
Scheme (NHIS) had collapsed, as patients now
had to pay before receiving treatment.
He also pointed out that most of the health
facilities lacked infrastructure and equipment
for delivery of quality health care.
“What Ghanaians can relate to are the many
illnesses and drugs, which have been taken out
of the NHIS care lists, the capitation policy,
and the situation where patients seeking to be
treated on the basis of possession of the NHIS
card are turned away in favour of patients
with money. For many Ghanaians, the sad
reality is that the killer Cash and Carry
programme, which the NPP worked to cancel,
has been technically introduced back as a
result of the failure of the NHIA,” he added.
“Again, despite these huge claims of
investment, our hospitals across the country
keep crying over very essential equipment and
facilities. I had this sad reality hit home when
a close relative passed away last year as a
result of the lack of oxygen at Tamale Teaching
Hospital. The recent closure of certain
departments in Korle-Bu re-emphasises this

source : ghanaweb

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