Accra- The Government is committed to ensure that the right to health of all Ghanaians is guaranteed through an established health sector with sustainable ability to deliver affordable, equitable and easily accessible healthcare.
Mr Ishmael Ashitey, Greater Accra Regional Minister, disclosed this at the opening of the 50th anniversary celebration and 40th Annual General Meeting of the Society of Private Medical and Dental Practitioners (SPMDP), in Accra on Friday.
It is on the theme ”50 Years of Private Medical and Dental Practice in Ghana: Challenges and Future Prospects.
Mr Ashitey said the healthcare system in every country was critical for national development adding that many developing countries face a critical gap between the demand for healthcare and its supply.
The Regional Minister therefore urged the society to spread their tentacles equitably across the country, by accessing the rural untapped areas and also help accelerate healthcare delivery.
He commended the society for the efforts it was making to complement Government’s efforts in providing healthcare and mentioned the Samsam Health Centre in the Greater Accra Region, which was built by the Society.
Mr Ashitey urged the Society to take a look at Government’s flagship programmes such as the One District One Factory and think beyond the conventional mandates and come out with projects that can offer better returns on their investments, in addition to their practice.
Dr Sam Yaw Annor, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) said the NHIA would soon introduce an innovative way of paying claims promptly.
He commended the society for their immense support and contribution to the health sector over the years.
Dr Isaac Morrison, President of the Society appealed to healthcare facilities to treat every patient with care and entreated practitioners to acquire skills and competencies in basic emergency care and maintain their ethical standards, even in an environment of reduced resources.
Source: Ghana News Agency