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Okyehene Calls For Decentralization of the Health System

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The Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin has called for a decentralization of Ghana’s health system to help improve the quality of healthcare delivery in the country.

According to him, the lack of decentralization has denied many health institutions the right to make decisions that will better the lives of the ordinary Ghanaians.

Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin stated that until the country abandons the centrality of governance and embraces decentralization, it cannot attain its sustainable development goals.

He was speaking when the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr. DaCosta Aboagye paid a courtesy call on him at Kyebi in the Abuakwa South Municipality of the Eastern region.

Osagyefo explained that quality of healthcare delivery can only be achieved through decentralization, stating that the NHIA system where people would have to travel to Accra in case of any emergency, was disturbing.

He said, decentralizing the various ministries and institutions such as the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ghana Cocoa board and others would open up job opportunities for the growing youth and subsequently facilitate the nation’s development.

He however called on the leadership of the country to ensure that those in the rural communities also have equal access to opportunities.

The newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr. DaCosta Aboagye, indicated that his outfit is committed to driving the promotion and implementation of the Preventive health care where members enrolled on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) would benefit from at least an annual basic medical check.

He reiterated the need to champion the institutionalization of travel medical insurance in Ghana thus providing access to healthcare for diasporas who have for many years made Ghana their proposed holiday destination, especially after the introduction of the year of return and the beyond-the-return policy.

The NHIA boss toured the Eastern region to familiarize and inspect the NHIA facilities.

Source:Penttvnewsroom

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