Give me 6 months truce to health sector worker

Mr.Kwaku Agyeman-Manu,Minister of Health designate

Mr.Kwaku Agyeman-Manu,Minister of Health designate

Due to technical reasons, the front page story of yesterday with the headline “Give 6 month truce: Health Minister-designate appeals to health workers” was not published on Page 17 as indicated on the front page.

The story is being published today for the benefit of our cherished readers.

The error is very much regretted.

Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister-designate for Health, has asked agitating health sector workers to grant him six months truce.

He said that grace period would offer him the opportunity to study the grievances of the various health worker groups to respond appropriately.

Mr. Agyemang-Manu made the appeal when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament yesterday to be vetted for the ministerial position.

He said there would be frequent engagement with the leadership of the health workers, to minimise if not eliminate the labour agitation in the health sector.

Mr. Agyeman-Manu said in order to make the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) vibrant, there was the need to take a holistic approach devoid of political insinuations.

Mr. Agyeman-Manu assured the members that despite the massive capital expenditure to provide health care facilities across the country, the government would look for funds to complete stalled projects.

He said in order to reduce the threat of malaria as the leading cause of death with regards to infant mortality, the ministry would engage with other ministries to rule out a sustainable sanitation agenda.

Mr. Agyeman-Manu said though the HIV/AIDS intervention was yielding positive results, there was the need for more funds to be accessed in order to ensure that beneficiaries of the anti-retroviral drugs receive their medication in a timely and life-saving manner.

By Lawrence Markwei


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