President John Mahama on Saturday shared Ghana’s success story in the health sector at a forum he co-hosted with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg in New York.
The forum, ‘Securing a Healthy Future’, which was in line with Goal 3 of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals and an initiative of the three leaders, started early this year to help lay a global foundation for the early detection and effective containment of epidemics, and to strengthen health systems across the world.
A statement issued from the Flagstaff House Communications Bureau and copied to The Ghanaian Times, said the initiative followed last year’s Ebola outbreak in three West African countries with cases reported in other countries including the USA.
In response to a proposal from Presidents Mahama, Merkel and Prime Minister Solberg, the UN Secretary-General set up a High Level Panel chaired by the President of Tanzania to review and come out with recommendations for a Global Response to Health Crisis.
Speaking at the forum in New York, President Mahama advocated a strong focus on primary health care across countries, indicating that the three affected Ebola countries suffered more because of weakened health systems as a result of decades of war, civil strife and crisis.
It said President Mahama shared Ghana’s efforts through the community volunteer model and the community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds to enhance access to healthcare, and how data use and technology can be used to effectively monitor and evaluate a country’s health systems to allow for efficient pre-crisis management.
The statement said Bill Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in support of President Mahama’s emphasis on technology, gave a personal account of data collection and management in Ghana.
By Times Reporter