GH¢1,049 million COVID-19 cash used for health

Minister For Finance Ken Ofori Attah
Minister For Finance Ken Ofori Attah

The total amount of COVID-19 funds programmed for the measures under the health response in 2020 was GH¢1,522 million, out of which an amount of GH¢1,049 million was utilized, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, the finance minister, has said.

The Minister made the disclosure on Wednesday on the floor of Parliament, when he presented his statement to the House, dubbed “Statement to Parliament on the COVID-19 Expenditure 2020/2021”.

Regarding the details for the Health Response-Supplies Equipment and Relief for health worker, the Minister said a total amount of GH¢2 million was used for busing health workers within Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa to and from work for the duration of the lockdown by GAPTE (Aayalolo) and Metro Mass Transit (MMT).

He said the whole amount was utilized, with GH¢0.7 million going to GAPTE and GH¢1.3 million going to support the services of the MMT company.

He noted that a total of GH¢80 million was programmed to pay 50 per cent of the basic salary as allowance for frontline workers.

He said all requests had been reconciled and paid; adding that a total of GH¢1,440 million was programmed for the provision of PPE, testing kits and medical equipment as well as to undertake community engagements.

He said other expenditure included communication, quarantine, and treatment for COVID-19. An amount of GH¢1,008 million was utilised.

Touching on Health Infrastructure, Mr Ofori-Atta said: “Mr Speaker, in the wake of the pandemic, Government took a bold decision to provide health infrastructure in the districts and regions that did not have a District or Regional Hospital”.

“In all, 111 District, Regional and Mental Hospitals (Agenda 111) were programmed for construction. A total of GH¢600 million was released to begin the construction across the country in 2020”.

He said in the 2021 budget, an amount of GH¢779.05 million was programmed for the continuation of the Agenda 111 projects, and that out of this, an amount of GH¢763.92 million had been released.

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