The Strategic Alliance (StA) in partnership with the Ghana Association of Quasi Health Institution and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), has launched the “Prevention is better than cure” project.
The project seeks to shift the focus of the public and health institutions from the existing curative-oriented system to an integrated system which aims to provide preventive measures.
Launching the project in Accra on Tuesday, the Deputy Country Director for GIZ Ghana, Mrs Martine Post, said African health system currently focused on curative healthcare rather than educating the people on preventive measures.
She said most often the health system gave little attention to education and also measures adopted to prevent the citizenry from diseases which could have been prevented, hence the need to launch the project.
Mrs Post said the project being piloted in Ghana would ensure that stakeholders, especially, those in the health sector, adopted preventive measures to boost the country’s health system.
“Every Ghanaian has the constitutional right to quality and affordable healthcare. Over the years, the Government of Ghana has shown commitment in improving health service financing and delivery,” she said.
“However, the focus currently lies on curative than preventive measures. In view of this, the “Prevention is better than cure” project has been developed to extend preventive health services to the general population to enhance health delivery system in the country,” she said.
Dr Erasmus Adgongo, Director for Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Division at the Ghana Health Service (GHS ,said that the GHS had adopted the preventive system to curb the spread of diseases, including tuberculosis, cholera and malaria.
He said because the GES was facing challenges on how to reduce the spread of cholera due to improper sanitation practices, it needed the collaboration of stakeholders to ensure quality delivery of service at the health sector.
The Project Co-ordinator, Dr George Amofah, noted that the aim of the project, was to ensure the reduction of preventive diseases through the introduction of health promoting measures.
By Bernard Benghan & Harriet Elorm Setsoafia