The Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, has underscored the need for government to prioritise universal healthcare.
She noted that although Ghana has achieved a lot in the health sector, much needs to be done to improve the quality of healthcare in the country.
According to her, in many parts of the country, there are hospitals running on minimal medical supplies, a situation she noted discourages people posted to such areas to work.
She said doctors work as hard as they can to supply the best care available, but often, it’s not enough due to the lack of equipment.
Touching on Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) she said Ghanaians should not have to travel long distances to access basic healthcare services.
She explained that CHPS was introduced in 1990’s as hospitals were sited according to population size.
It meant the sick in less dense populations would have to travel distances to get medical help.
The MP whose statement was ignored by the Minority said Ghana now has at least 6,000 CHPS with some treating about 5,000 patients a year, adding, these centres are the most decentralised health form of healthcare.
The government, Lydia Alhassan revealed, is working with the World Bank, the Ghana Health Service and the National Health Insurance Authority to remove cost barriers for those who cannot afford the services at CHPS.
The concept has made healthcare in terms of physical facilities almost universal. The challenge with Ghana’s quest to achieving universal health care now is in the staffing of these health facilities and the machinery to enable the CHPS centres fully functional and highly efficient as service delivery centres.
Her statement Monday was in commemoration of World Health Day observed every April 7.
Her statement we on the theme “Universal Health Care”.
She drew attention to the need to cite healthcare facilities within a citizen’s acceptable distance.
Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mohammed turned down the Speaker’s invitation to the Minority caucus to contribute to the statement delivered by the MP.
“Mr. Speaker, you may pass on”, he responded.