As part of efforts to safeguard the health of Ghanaians, the late Vice President Paa Kwesi Aissaah-Arthur in 2017 launched the National Medical Outreach Services.
Christened “Onuado”, which means ‘brotherly love’ in Akan, the Medical Outreach was meant to bridge the gaps in the healthcare system. They are also to serve as an effective adjunct to traditional interventions, which tend to be rather expensive.
Delivered under the National Medical Equipment Replacement Project by Belstar Development Corporation, mobile clinic vans come in four configurations comprising general medicine, ophthalmology, dentistry and audiology or hearing assessment to cater for general medical services in those areas.
The launch of the mobile clinics was expected to run concurrently in parts of the Western and Central Regions and remote parts of the Central region with residents receiving quality of services from specialists in ear, nose and throat.
However, the project has not been put to use since the launch.
Reacting to reasons why the project has stalled, Deputy Health Minister Alex Abban said he had no information on the project.
‘’The truth of the matter is that I do not have information on the project,’’ he said.
But was quick to suggest that there was the need to improve upon CHIPS compounds to improve upon the healthcare delivery in Ghana.
He said although the mobile clinics were good, the most important thing is to improve the CHIPS compound because there are the first places of call for residents.
There are over 1,400 functional CHIPS compounds with 3,175 CHIPS zones nationwide but many are said to lack basic equipment to work at full capacity.
It forms part of the Universal Health Coverage under the Millennium Development Goal 4.
He also said the Health Insurance Scheme should be strengthened in order to afford Ghanaians the opportunity to quality healthcare in an affordable manner.