Teaching hospitals are to be established in all regions to help ease the process of referrals in hard-to-reach areas.
The Minister of Health, Mr Alex Segbefia, announced this in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Director, Human Resource for Health Development, Dr Kwesi Asabir, at the second National Citizens’ Hearing, organised by World Vision in Accra on Tuesday.
The programme held on the theme: “Involving citizens in the post 2015 development agenda”, was organised in collaboration with the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) and the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR).
Presently, Greater Accra, Central, Northern and Ashanti are the only regions with existing teaching hospitals.
“The key strategy adopted by the ministry is to strengthen our health systems at all levels,” the minister stated.
Mr Segbefia said through the Community-based Health Planning and Service (CHPS), the government was ensuring that drastic measures were being implemented to improve health care, as well as meet the agenda 2030.
The acting Director of World Vision, Mr Sagane Thiaw, said the citizens’ hearing event provided a unique platform and opportunity for dialogue among citizens, representatives of civil society organisations and key stakeholders, to share and discuss best practices of citizen engagement and social accountability.
He announced the World Vision’s worldwide five-year campaign on ending violence against children which, he said, was strongly aligned with the SDGs.
He said the campaign in Ghana would focus on child marriage with greater emphasis on the northern parts of the country.
A Deputy Director, National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Dr Felix Addo-Yobbo, in a presentation on “Ghana’s strategy to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with emphasis on health”, said a plan had been developed to implement the SDGs.
He said enormous effort was required to meet the health challenges in the country and, therefore, called for stronger collaboration with other sectors and actors.
In a presentation, Ms Henrietta Asante-Sarpong of the ARHR said there was still the need for access to supervised or skilled care to be scaled up from its present 73 per cent.
Also she said many women continued to face hindrances in accessing quality health care due to bad road networks and unavailability of transport services.
She said there was a lot to be done to ensure that the country met the SDG’s by 2030.