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Ghana meets 73% MDGs target - NDPC

Sept. 23, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

Ghana has met 73% of 37 key indicators of the Millennium Development Goals, according to the National Development Planning Commission.

Speaking at the presentation of the final Ghana Millennium Development Goals report, Director General of the NDPC Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, however, disclosed the country has more to do in order to solidify the gains made so far.

“73% of the 37 indicators monitored by Ghana either achieved their target or made significant progress. So in terms of overall assessment, we did well,” he added.

Ghana performed well in halving the proportion below the national poverty line by 2015. The country also performed better in achieving universal primary education and promoting gender equality as far as ratio of girls-to-boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education is concerned.

Ghana also scored high marks in reducing HIV/AIDS Prevalence rate. Ghana, however, missed out on some critical indicators such as child and maternal mortality, sanitation and housing, environmental sustainability and combating malaria.

Ghana could only manage to achieve eight of the over 37 indicators missing out on 10.

Dr. Thompson, however, believes the Sustainable Development Goal programme which replaces the MDGs will help address some of these shortfalls enumerated.

“These issues notwithstanding the current concern is not how much progress we’ve attained so far but how to sustain it and even do better as we move towards adopting the sustainable development goals at the end of September,” he said.

Source: Ghana/ Alhassan

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this news report do not neccesarily reflect the position of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)