Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkoranza North, Major (Rtd) Derek Oduro, has appealed to the government to make a special budget arrangement for the 37 Military Hospital to enable it expand its scope of operations.

“The military hospital is in dire need of funds. It has been granted formation status and therefore, there is the need inject more funds into it. The United Nations (UN) regards 37 Military Hospital a level 4 hospital in the sub-region. The hospital trains specialist in the medical field and therefore there is the need to give it a special budget not like any other unit under the armed forces.”

“So, I will strongly suggest that the 37 Military Hospital is treated like an institution that assists not only the country (Ghana) but also the sub-region as a whole,” he noted.

Major (Rtd) Oduro who is also the deputy Ranking Member for the Committee on Defense and Interior was contributing to the motion for the adoption of the 2016 Budget and Financial Policy Statement of the Government of Ghana on Tuesday.

The military hospital, he said, will be able to finance some additional facilities onsite to enable it meets its growing demand when granted the special budget.

The hospital was initially billed to benefit from a 500 bed capacity but had to be sent to the Ashanti Region to help address the growing demands in the Northern sector of the country.

The Nkoranza North legislator believes that if the health facility had been granted a special budget throughout its operations, it would have been able to take care of its growing demands rather than to continuously wait until funds are available from the state treasury.