The European Commission (EU) has given GH¢14.6 million to the government in support of the 2016/2017 Millennium Acceleration Framework (MAF) operational plan implemented by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
A statement issued by the Delegation of EU to Ghana said the amount while was the final disbursement to the treasury comes after GH¢188 million was released in July last year for implementation of the plan.
The operational plan, jointly developed by the MOH and other partners, focuses on refurbishing and equipping health facilities in order to improve maternal and new born care in the country.
“The objectives are to increase the proportion of pregnant women making at least four antenatal visits from 63 per cent in 2015 to 75 per cent in 2017 and the proportion f deliveries attended by a trained worker from 51 per cent to 65 per cent within the same period”, the statement said.
The plan, according to the statement, also takes into account the policy orientation of the health sector towards upgrading of facilities to become Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC) compliant, increasing investment on essential equipment and strengthening referral systems.
To achieve this, the MOH has allocated GH¢65.7 million for the procurement of about 36 infant incubators, 400 V-scans, 15 oxygen cylinders with accessories and 20 x-ray machines as well as upgrading health facilities across the country with a GH¢15.8 million allocation.
In addition, the statement said five new ambulance stations would be established and the National Ambulance Service provided with 30 new ambulances with onboard incubators.
To complement the support the EU further supported the Ghana Statistical Service with GH¢7 million to undertake the 2017 Maternal Health Survey to assess the maternal mortality ratio.
The Ambassador of the EU to Ghana, Mr. William Hanna, expressed his expectation that the MOH and other partners would make best use of the sector budget support to improve the situation of maternal and new born care in the country.
By Times Reporter