$276m Equipment for Health Sector
Mr. Alban Bagbin, the Minister of Health (MoH), has announce that government has placed an order for the supply of medical equipment valued at $276 million to be distributed to hospitals and clinics to enhance health delivery in the country.
The Minister adds that 161 well-equipped ambulances are also being imported to enhance emergency services, at the cost of €10 million, as well as five of the ambulances distributed to selected health institutions.
Mr. Bagbin made this known in Wa, at a four-day conference, on the theme: ‘Strengthening Sub-District Health System to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) four, five and six: The Role of the District Director’, stressing that health facilities to benefit from the supply include, the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, the Tamale Teaching Hospital, all the Regional Hospitals and 99 district hospitals.
He said Cabinet has also given approval for a facility that will be focused on revamping health infrastructure, including five polyclinics each in the Upper West, Brong Ahafo and Western Regions.
According to the Minister, strengthening the sub-districts to achieve MDG targets is a priority and therefore expressed delight that the district directors have made such an issue their focus.
Mr. Bagbin reiterated government’s commitment to make health services available to all Ghanaian and that “this commitment can only be realized if district health services are developed and adequately supported”.
Mr. Bagbin assured health workers that efforts are being made to roll out incentive packages beyond salaries, to allow more recruitment and retention of health personnel in the districts.