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We won’t give up on achieving universal access to healthcare – Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

We won't give up on achieving universal access to healthcare - Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

We won’t give up on achieving universal access to healthcare – Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia


Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the vice president, has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to improving Ghanaians’ access to healthcare.

On August 28, 2018, Dr. Bawumia said, “Since taking office in 2017, the NPP Government has prioritized and invested in infrastructure and services, to expand access to health care, especially to remote parts of the country and vulnerable members of society.” He was speaking at the start of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Conference of the Medical and Dental Council in Accra.

Dr. Bawumia stated, “As a Government, we have taken a keen interest in improving upon access to health care in Ghana for the benefit of our people across the country.”

The Vice President also emphasized policies and services the Government has introduced and improved in the Health sector, which he observed are strengthening healthcare delivery in the nation. This is in addition to the building and extension of numerous physical infrastructure.

“The National Ambulance Service is also fit for purpose now, with the delivery of One Constituency, One Ambulance,” said the Vice President.

“We have also seen the introduction of drones for the delivery of medical supplies and blood across the vast section of the country. We have six drone delivery centres in Ghana and we have two more to go, which will then cover the rest of the country. Currently, the six, each centre is delivering about 100 flights every day on average from each centre going to very remote areas of the country where they are dropping critical medicines and saving lives. That has made Ghana, our country, the largest medical drone delivery country in the world,” Dr. Bawumia added.

He continued, “We are also embarking on the network for all hospitals and clinics and chips compound. That is ongoing and we expect to make a very significant improvement by the end of next year where we expect over 2000 hospitals and clinics to be fully networked so that we don’t have to carry folders from one hospital to another. Currently, the regional and teaching hospitals have been networked and we are expecting that once this is done, this is when tele medicine will take its full place in Ghana

“Government is also improving on the efficiency of the operations of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and this has allowed the NHIS to expand the scope of its services to include childhood cancers, thereby removing the lack of money as a critical barrier to lifesaving healthcare services.”

Dr. Bawumia mentioned the introduction of the Agenda 111 project, under which the Government is building 101 district hospitals, 6 regional hospitals, and 4 psychiatric hospitals in Ghana “to boost the provision of healthcare infrastructure and ease accessibility to healthcare services,” underscoring the Government’s commitment to a relentless approach to increasing access to healthcare throughout the country.

While praising the Medical and Dental Council’s members for their vital contributions to the nation, he also highlighted government worry on the rising incidence of negligence and other improper behavior on the part of certain of its members.

“Government is worried about the increasing numbers of complaints about allegations of clinical negligence, poor professional attitude and conduct, inhumane and degrading treatment of patients and some practitioners who provide services outside their areas of competency of their training,” Dr. Bawumia said.

He stressed, “We are happy that the Council is defining clear boundaries so that the various categories of practitioners know the limits to their practice in the interest of patient safety and well-being.

“We commend the Council for being proactive in these matters. And I understand some Policy Documents on Specialist Register; Practitioners Stamp, Name Tag and Appropriate Professional Apparel, as well as, Scope of Practice for Physicians assistants were recently launched to address some of these issues of concern.”

The vice president also voiced worries about some medical professionals who use drugs or alcohol excessively, work while impaired by drugs or alcohol, or have mental health issues.

“All these things may call into question their fitness for practise. Yet the experience from the Medical and Dental Council, Ghana, shows that some of these professionals had challenges during their undergraduate training and that early identification of impairment and intervention are associated with better outcomes.

“It is my belief that the conference will suggest solutions for effectively managing such practitioners not only within the health professions but the entire public sector where similar concerns exist,” Dr. Bawumia urged.


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