- Ghana's health service gets applause for ensuring strong primary healthcare
- According to the WHO, government must ensure at all times that healthcare is a reality and accessible
Ghana has been commended for strengthening primary healthcare through its Community Health Planning and Services (CHPS) concept.
According to the Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Owen Laws Kaluwa government and stakeholders should continue to support the CHPS initiative.
“I will like to call on government, partners and all stakeholders to continue to support CHPS and make them functional so that their full potential of improving health and wellbeing is realized,” he said.
The commendation came for Ghana during the commemoration of the 019 World Health Day in Accra on Monday, April 8, 2019.
The theme for this year’s event was “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone Everywhere”, with a focus on the critical role of PHC.
Dr. Kaluwa acknowledged that globally, though countries are making good progress towards the attainment of UHC, millions of people still have no access to healthcare, and about half of the figure does not receive the health services they need.
He noted that “about 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of out of pocket spending on health,” while millions more are forced to choose between health care and other essentials such as food, housing and clothing”.
Meanwhile, government was tasked and challenged to make health for all a reality by investing more in quality, accessible PHC and to advocate patients, and educate them to stay healthy.
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