The Ministry of Health and Development Partners in the Health sector have signed an Aide Memoire (a memorandum summarizing the items of an agreement) today, to address issues of quality healthcare and equity in providing healthcare sector.
The Aide Memoire was signed after a health summit to review the performance of activities for the previous year.
The summit was attended by the Ministry and its agencies from the national, regional and district levels other ministries, departments and agencies, the academia and development partners.
Signing on behalf of the Ministry, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, Minister for Health, said the aide memoire reflects all key discussions and conclusions arrived at the meeting and feel satisfied with provisions contained in it. The timing of the aide memoire signing however, does not align very well with our budget cycle and therefore poses challenges for us when it comes to implementing the recommendations.’’
Government he indicated intends to pursue measures that will improve staff productivity by reducing programmatic inefficiencies, tackle inequities in staff distribution and improve our financing arrangements to ensure optimal benefit from our investments.’’
He gave the assurance that government will implement the recommendations contained in the aide memoire.
‘’The Ministry will work with all stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of the supply chain master plan, ensure data quality and provide leadership in the implementation of appropriate interventions that will ensure the attainment of Universal Health Coverage in Ghana.’’
He encouraged the partners to continue to work with Ghana so they can jointly implement all the recommendations.
On his part, Development Partner Sector Lead, Mr. Niyi Ojuolape, said the signing indicates that, the partners have defined the areas they wish to work with and ensure the implementation.
He said by the memoire, we are looking at a situation where the rate of maternal mortality would be reduced. We are also looking at the rate at which children are dying especially new born children so that it will come down…’’
He described the memoire as comprehensive and the partners are looking forward to a situation where Ghanaians will have access to quality healthcare over the next one year.
He also touted the current process in drafting the memoire as better than previous years adding, ‘’we are improving every year and we believe that in the next one year, things will get better.’’
On challenges he bemoaned the lack of adequate resources because some are pulling out hence the need for government to find innovative ways to generate more resources for the implantation.
Some Development Partners at the summit included the European Union (EU), United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), Embassy of Japan and the World Bank.