President John Dramani Mahama has said that he has not made Ghana a paradise, despite the massive investment made in infrastructure, especially in the health sector.
According to him, he is currently building on what his predecessors had done, and cannot fix every challenge confronting the nation in four years. However, government has put in the measures to ensure that Ghana is able to attain a middle-income status by 2025.
Ghana, President Mahama explained have challenges confronting it but government is investing massively in infrastructure to help make access to healthcare easier and better.
His comments were in response to a question asked him during his interaction with the Ghanaian community in the United Kingdom (UK) on the sidelines of the just ended anti-corruption summit organised by the UK government.
One participant had asked President John Dramani Mahama what his government was doing to improve healthcare delivery in the country.
Responding to the question, President Mahama said government had done impressively well investing in health infrastructure but there remain challenges which efforts are underway to resolve.
Government he indicated is increasing the bed space to about 6, 000 but the country needs more especially for a population of 26 million.
“We are not there yet. I’m not saying I’ve made Ghana a paradise, but I’m building on what I inherited from my predecessors and I’m taking it to the next level,” he said.
“When I leave somebody else will take it to the next level. In four years, I cannot fix everything but will take the steps that continue to fix the problems we’ve identified,” President Mahama said.
“And eventually, I mean 2025-2030, we will have the kind of system that makes us either a full middle-income country or a fully developed country…We have challenges… and I will be the first to admit that people are dying who shouldn’t die because if they had access to an ambulance, and they went to the hospital and the ICU was working, they will get immediate care,” he said.
President Mahama stated further that there is more work to be done, and the only way to do so, is for Ghanaians to pay their taxes to ensure that government is able to undertake the infrastructure Ghanaians yearn for.