The Bolgatanga Central Polyclinic has gradually become a ghetto for wee smokers, a depot for faeces and a harbor for arm robbers and residents leaving in the area fear for their lives.
An initiative that started in the early 70s during the government of the late Gen. Kutu Acheampong has since not received any attention from the people of Bolgatanga of the Upper East Region.
Upper East Region has a history of playing politics with developmental projects that will mostly benefit the region. Unlike other regions and a typical example is Upper West Region. It will interest you the reader to know that, whiles other regions are getting Airports, Upper East Region is still battling where an Airstrip will be cited, even when their son Mr. Kofi Adda was in charge of the Aviation Ministry in the first term of President Akufo Addo’s administration and yet, Upper West Region has gotten its share of the Airport with ease.
As I write, Upper East cannot boost a standard stadium as a region at the moment, and yet, in every government, whether NPP or NDC they have representatives on behalf of the region serving actively in government. But the question is, are these appointees of government serving their purpose to those they represent or they only consider their family interest?
If the Pawlungu Tomato factory which is located in the Upper East Region were to be in Upper West by now, the Tomato factory will be seen actively working for the benefit of its people. I don’t want to talk about the meat factory too, that will be a story on another day.
No wonder, when I spoke to a very prominent and sincere politician name ‘withheld’ from the Region, he frankly told me, he is ashamed himself coming from this part of the country where they politicize every development.
On March 26, 2009, it was reported by Myjoyonline.com with the headline: Bolgatanga to get a Polyclinic
“Dr. George Sipa Yankey, Minister of Health on Wednesday, announced that Government would establish a polyclinic in Bolgatanga to ease the pressure on the Bolgatanga Central Hospital that is being upgraded”.
“He said Ministry of Health was taking measures to enhance health delivery in the country as well as the increase in Tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic centers and improve campaign on the need to seek early medical attention for infectious diseases like TB, and discourage stigmatizations against TB and HIV/AIDS patients”.
“Dr. Yankey announced this at the launching of World TB Day in Bolgatanga after an appeal by Mr. Mark Woyongo, Upper East Regional Minister to complete work on a polyclinic started in the late 1970s.”
Yes, the appeal was made by the then Regional Minister Mark Woyongo, but one will ask, what happened from 2009 to 2021, yet Bolgatanga Central that was reported to get a polyclinic since 2009 hasn’t yet gotten the polyclinic after 12 years under the care of 7 Regional Ministers and their Deputies including the MCEs past and present.
When Apexnewsgh.com contacted one of the personalities who played a vital role during the Upper East@50 celebration he said, Ghana leading Telecommunication Network MTN was ready to complete the polyclinic then, before an issue of land dispute emerged between the assembly and a private developer.
However, none of these past appointees did their best to resolve the dispute to date. So far, the place has gradually become a ghetto for wee smokers, a depot for faeces and a harbor for arm robbers and residents who leaves in the area said the attack by arm robbers and smell of marijuana and faeces are becoming too many.
However, residents are calling on authorities to reconsider the continuation of the abandoned polyclinic which is supposed to ease pressure from the Regional Hospital.
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