$100 million COVID-19 allocation exhausted, says Agyeman-Manu

Health minister-designate Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has revealed a Cedi equivalent of $100 million allocated to fight COVID-19 has been exhausted.

Appearing before the Appointments Committee on Wednesday (10 February 2021), he said the country is expecting some $120 million from the World Bank to continue the fight against the viral disease.

“The Ministry of Health initially got $100 million allocation to spend on COVID-19. That amount has been exhausted, and we have got another money that is just about to mature for the ministry to utilise which is about $120 million from the World Bank, and it is a loan,” the minister-designate told the 26-member committee.

A president’s promise

In March 2020, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said he has directed then Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, to make available the cedi equivalent of $100 million to enhance Ghana’s coronavirus preparedness and response plan.

This amount, according to president Akufo-Addo, “is to fund expansion of infrastructure, purchase of materials and equipment, and public education.”

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