Mr. Woon-Ki Lyeon, the South Korean Ambassador to Ghana, has said there is the need to strengthen the focus on maternal and child healthcare delivery towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
He said child healthcare and education were critical to the improvement of the welfare and development of children.
The Ambassador made the call when he met with the representatives of UNICEF and the staff of the Upper East Regional Health Directorate, at a partners’ briefing on the region’s health performance, in Bolgatanga.
Mr. Lyeon commended the Regional Health Directorate for promoting child healthcare delivery, and urged stakeholders to collaborate efforts to address challenges facing the health sector.
Ms. Susan Namondo Ngongi, Country Representative of UNICEF, expressed the hope that good governance and leadership would help make the sector viable.
Mr. Albert Abongo, the Upper East Regional Minister, urged research centres in the region to work together to assist health institutions to deliver on their mandate.
Dr. Kofi Issah, Regional Director of Health Services, said his outfit would continue to ensure sustainable healthcare delivery in the region.
He said the region had 339 health facilities and 262 functional CHPS compounds, but lacked adequate transportation, adding that out of 604 motorbikes, only 204 were functioning as at last year.
The project was facilitated by Life Cycle Approach and funded by the Korean International Agency (KOICA) in collaboration with UNICEF and the Ghana Health Service.