GHS to build 10,000 bungalows for healthcare providers

Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare addressing the members of the Union.Photo Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare addressing the members of the Union.Photo Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) in collaboration with the State Housing Corporation (SHC) is to construct 10,000 bungalows across the country for health care providers within five years, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director General of the GHS has disclosed.

He said the buildings when completed would address accommodation deficit of health care providers in the country.

Dr Nsiah-Asare said this during a symposium for Health Services Workers Union (HSWU) in Accra yesterday.

The programme which was part of the 2018 week celebration of HSWU was on the theme “Universal Health Coverage: Concern for all,”

He said the GHS and the SHC had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the project in the districts and regions

The Director General said the project would soon commence on the Kumasi New Hospital of the Ashanti Region with 1,000 bungalows.

He said, if health care providers had a place of abode they would be able to service the community better.

Dr Nsiah-Asare said Ghana’s main strategy to achieve the health service delivery component of Universal Health Coverage was the Community-based Health Planning Services strategy, to provide comprehensive health services to persons within communities.

“Over 73.7 per cent of our demarcated CHPS zones are currently functional as at June this year,” he added.

The Director General urged the health workers to get enrolled on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to address their basic health needs.

He called on the public to welcome health personnel and give them the best of support when they are posted to their communities.

The Secretary General of the HSWU, Mr Reynolds Tenkorang, in his remarks said although the World Health Organisation demands that the citizens enjoy healthcare as their fundamental human rights, Ghana was still confronted with many challenges in creating accessible, affordable and universal healthcare for all.

He said the theme was timely especially where majority of Ghanaians were finding it difficult to access quality healthcare due to economic and financial constraints.

Mr Tenkorang commended health workers in the country for their contribution in the health care delivery.

The General Secretary of Trade Union Congress (TUC) Ghana, Dr Yaw Baah, commended health providers in the country for achieving the fight against guinea worm and the improvement in the training of health personnel.

He urged them to improve on mental and environmental health care delivery in the country.

Dr Baah called on the government to revamp the NHIS to achieve a “universal coverage,” adding that other countries were doing well in their health insurance scheme.

He called for increase in health personnel such as laboratory technicians, doctors and midwives, pharmacists at health facilities to help in good healthcare delivery.

“As a country we should tackle health challenges such as malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis,” he added.

 By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi & Allia Noshie,

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