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‘Prioritise primary health care delivery’

Dec. 16, 2016, 12:55 p.m.

THE Primary Heath Care (PHC) Coalition has called on government to prioritise primary health care delivery as a way of ensuring Universal Access to Health Care (UAHC).

According to the Coalition, that can be achieved by ensuring the functionality of all Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound, by equipping them with requisite human resource across the country.

It is also their expectation that government will develop robust monitoring and evaluation systems that will ensure that CHPS compounds contribute significantly to PHC.

Speaking on behalf of the Coalition at a press briefing in Accra, George Osei Bimpeh, stated that Ghana has adopted the concept of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the use of CHPS compound as primary healthcare strategy to achieve Universal Health Care (UHC).

The Press Conference was to mark the Universal Health Day in Ghana and with a sub theme ‘Primary Health Care, a pathway to achieving Universal Health Coverage’.

He said while the CHPS concept and NHIS is laudable, they both have challenges which continue to impede their implementation.

One of the major challenges is the late release of funds from the Ministry of Finance to the NHIS and, subsequently, the re-imbursement of funds to service providers under the scheme. 

They reiterated that no Ghanaian should suffer any financial barrier whilst accessing healthcare.

Archibald Adams, National Campaign Coordinator, UAHC, for his part, said Ghana has to adopt a system for financing health services so people do not suffer financial hardship when using them.

On behalf of UAHC, he congratulated President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo and reminded him to increase budget allocation of the NHIS as he promised in his manifesto. 

He noted that although the NHIS was introduced to ensure access and affordability to health care in Ghana, the Scheme is currently facing a lot of challenges which has rendered the NHIS ineffective and government must act fast to save the Scheme.