General information for Friday, November 26, 2021
Think tank Danquah Institute said regarding achieving universal health coverage (UHC), that the government’s focus on expanding access to health care through massive infrastructure projects like the hospital project “Agenda 111” is very commendable.
In addition, the institute said, the 2022 budget allocation of a new fleet of 100 ambulances for the Ghana Ambulance Service is a very important measure that will improve access to emergency care.
“Another very laudable initiative envisioned in the 2022 Budget Statement is the innovative idea of creating a piloted ‘bed desk unit’ at Cape Coast University Hospital to help curb what is popularly known as” “no bed syndrome”, a statement on the 2022 budget statement said.
He added: “This innovative policy, when extended in conjunction with the massive infrastructure regime, will make health care easily accessible at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
“The issue of mental health and the resulting ill-treatment for patients with mental disorders is a matter of great concern to various stakeholders. So it’s very refreshing to note that the Department of Health has clearly outlined a program in Budget 2022 to establish what it calls mental health courts to protect mental health patients from abuse.
“We are very interested in this initiative and will follow up with the ministry as well as other relevant stakeholders to monitor the progress of the implementation of this commendable initiative.
“An important issue that deserves to be highlighted is the great effort that the government has made since taking office to recruit the health professionals necessary to meet the health needs of Ghanaians. From time to time, the ministry obtains financial authorization to recruit doctors, nurses and all the different categories of allied health professionals.
“The Ministry of Health has estimated that to date, the government of President Akufo-Addo has, since taking office, recruited 120,367 different categories of health professionals. This number represents the highest recruitment of health professionals by a government in the history of our country, and it is very commendable. “