Elevate Procurement and Supply functions to core management status-Association

Accra, Mr Edwin Adinortey Agbugbla, the National President of the Health Supply Chain Practitioners’ Association, Ghana (HESSCPAG), has called for the urgent elevation of the Procurement and Supply function to ‘Core Management’ status.

He said the Association believed that the elevation would curb the operational challenges of servicing two masters at the same facility, corruption and further averting issues that had to do with auditing of accounts.

Mr Agbugbla, who made the call at the opening of a four-day Annual General Meeting (AGM) of HESSCPAG in Accra, on Thursday, said presently the Procurement and Supply function does not play the strategic role it rightfully deserved, as it was often given a low priority function that most management termed manage by autopilot, which only measured cost savings.

He said it was therefore the responsibility of procurement and supply professionals to show initiative and make themselves visible to top management.

He said they must know that there was greater value in developing their functions to become a value creating one, instead of being just for a cost reduction purpose.

He also argued that the elevation was not only significant to the socio-economic development of the nation, but that, the present health situation in particular, no longer permitted the country to treat this function as a clerical one under the supervision of a unit head at the Regional and District levels, hence the requirement that it be placed at a managerial level.

We cannot rely on the top management to change their view on Procurement and Supply function, he said, and challenged its members to ambitiously prove their worth and educate the top officials to understand the full value and potential of their field of operation, which is huge, he said.

Mr Agbugbla said the meeting, which also marked the 10th Anniversary of HESSCPAG, would focus on the theme: A Decade of Health Service Supply Chain Practitioners Association, Ghana, Achievements, Challenges and Future Prospects.

It would among other things take stock of the performance over the past year, fashion out strategies to tackling existing challenges within the profession, elect new executives, adopt a Communique and organise an awards ceremony and dinner dance.

He said the challenges in health care delivery remained urgent, but the adoption of innovative practices, technologies and coordinating agreements provided hope for a brighter future, and this required boldness, smartness and focus, to catalyse Procurement and Supply to the top of the core management agenda.

He urged all participants to engage actively in discussions on the thematic areas of the conference, which had been carefully selected to drive the profession purposefully into the future as they learnt from past achievements and challenges.

Dr Linda Vanotoo, the Greater Accra Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, who chaired the meeting, urged Procurement and Supply Chain professionals to work as a team with other health sector practitioners to ensure quality service delivery.

Source: Ghana News Agency