GCNH calls for good health delivery services
By Fatima Adam
A nation lacking in health is a nation lacking in wealth. It is in this regard that the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health (GCNH), a non-profit organization has called on all civil society organisations to join force in helping Ghana achieve an ill-free nation.
GCNH over the past years have contributed immensely towards the improvement of the country’s health delivery by opening up the democratic space for civil society engagement through recommendations and constructive criticism.
The GCNH believes that the participation of civil society organisations in health issues will help shape and better the agenda for the delivery of health care in Ghana.
Speaking at the fourth health forum of GCNH christened “promoting stronger civil society and public partnership towards achieving of improved outcomes,” held at the Institute of Local Government Studies yesterday, the Chairman of the GCNH, Mr. KennethWujangi, stated that the participation of civil society on health issues would bring health benefit to Ghana.
“Participation of Civil Society organizations in the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), interagency Coordinating Committee (ICC) and the health summit are but a few of the gains that can be attributed to recommendations from the annual health forum.”
He further announced that their expectation as an organization was for the forum to critically explore all the health issues and make recommendations towards the shaping and improving of the country’s health sector policies.
The Coalition, therefore, expressed grave concern about the recent strike action by a section of medical consultants at the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and Pharmacists in Ghana, which allegedly led to the loss of precious lives.
“How can the delay of allowances cause the death of children, not salary; we have to ask ourselves why we do what we do,” Mr. Wujangi intoned in a soft voice.
He urged all stakeholders in the health sector to improve on their work attitude to move the country’s development agenda forward to help reflect the middle income status that the country has attained.
The Head of the Private Sector Department at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Maureen Martey thanked the GCNH for their contribution in the health sector and assured them of her Ministry’s support.
Representatives of from the Ghana Aids Commission (GAC), UNFPA and other organisations were present to grace the occasion.
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