In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, one would have thought that government will be judicious in its expenditure in handling the crises and rather providing essentials such as PPEs and making arrangement for more ventilators in the case of a rise in critical cases in Ghana.
Doctors, nurses, paramedics and all other frontline health workers are complaining of the inadequacy of PPEs provided to aid the fight against the virus but little is been done in this regard. A doctor and a nurse has tested positive to the virus at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. This could have been easily prevented should all frontline health workers have been provided with adequate PPEs.
The government announce social interventions the during the last address given by president Akuffo-Addo, which are very commendable and is going to help relief a lot of people due to the shutdown. But what will social interventions do to us as citizens if our frontline health workers are getting this virus whilst we prioritize renting of hotels for quarantine purposes whilst several houses built by government is left to waste.
The 2,172 acres on which the Saglemi housing project is situated was procured in 2002 during the era of President John Agyekum Kufuor.
On August 15, 2012, President John Evans Atta Mills gave executive approval to the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing to implement the project.
The project involved the construction of 5,000 housing units for sale to members of the public through mortgage provided by Ghana Home Loans.
The project was implemented by Constrastora OAS Ghana Limited through a buyers credit of up to $200 million.
The Saglemi Housing Project has more than 1200 housing units completed and is very isolated and is a good location to quarantine those testing positive for Coronavirus.
The government as a matter of urgency must address this issues immediately to help provide essentials effectively by cutting down cost on hotel accommodation by using the many housing projects across the country.
We call on the government to take a critical look at the Saglemi Housing Project to be used as a quarantine hub.