Dr Nii Moi Thompson, the Director-General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), has blamed institutional and attitudinal factors as holding back the clock of progress in the health sector.
He said the government had invested much in re-equipping hospitals with state-of- the- art facilities, claiming that some unscrupulous individuals deliberately destroy the equipment and refer patients to private hospitals to satisfy their parochial interests.
The NDPC boss made this assertion during discussions at the launch of the Millennium Development Goals 2015 report in Accra yesterday, to close the chapter on the MDGs, in order to usher in the new global agenda to be adopted on September 25-27, and implemented from January 1, 2016-2030.
Reacting to perception that everything rest on the government, Dr Thompson said “now it is no longer government, it is now a collective responsibility, because the government will buy the cutting edge equipment and machinery for the health sector and they will destroy them.”
He said the issue of attitudinal change, would feature prominently in the processes towards the fashioning of the 40 year development framework, adding that without attitudinal change the country would not make progress.
Dr Thompson said the national discourse must also address “soft issues” like attitudinal change, instead of over reliance on “hard issues” on development.
Touching on the MDGs, the NDPC Chief technocrat. said Ghana had made significant progress stressing “we did well but there are areas we did not perform well,” calling for more work and attitudinal change as the country transits into the SDGs that would be mainstreamed into the long term development framework.
He said issues of inequalities reflected in the rural urban dichotomy were major challenges needed much attention adding that “though poverty has fallen, inequalities have gone up”.
By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman