Manifesto – Health
In our next term, we will undertake the following:
- Diversify the sources of funding for the NHIS by allocating an approved percentage of the
ABFA from our Petroleum Revenue;
- Continue to prioritise access, equity, affordability and reliability of health services;
- Reduce the incidence of malaria by 50%;
- Reduce cases of maternal and neonatal deaths by a further 50%;
- Create more spaces for maternal and neonatal care in existing health facilities;
- Reduce further mother to child HIV transmission;
- Motivate health workers by ensuring appropriate and rewarding conditions of service that respond to changing trends in healthcare;
- Increase supply and fair distribution of health personnel across the country;
- Scale up the implementation of e-Health systems piloted in Korle-bu, Wa and Zebila hospitals to all secondary and tertiary hospitals;
- Ensure strict compliance with data protection laws of the country to protect the medical records and the privacy of patients;
- Complete ongoing Regional Hospitals in Ashanti and Upper West regions;
- Complete construction of regional hospitals in Upper East, Eastern and Western Regions;
- Undertake a comprehensive upgrade of the Tema General Hospital;
- Establish a National Infectious Disease Centre;
- Mainstream mental healthcare into the health delivery system and ensure adequate resourcing and infrastructural development;
- Continue to provide Polyclinics and District Hospitals especially in the newly created districts;
- Continue the construction of the 120-bed Bekwai Hospital in the Ashanti Region;
- Complete 15 Polyclinics in the Greater Accra and Central Regions;
- Construct 20 Polyclinics in Ashanti, Eastern, Volta and Upper East Regions;
- Continue the construction of Community Health Planning Service (CHPS) Compounds;
- Standardize the CHPS Compounds Operational Zones and Health Centres countrywide;
- Strengthen the partnership with local pharmaceutical companies to make them more efficient, reliable and competitive both locally and internationally;
- Take appropriate measures to achieve an uninterrupted supply of anti-retroviral drugs for HIV and AIDS patients including supply of ARVs from local pharmaceutical producing companies;
- Support bilateral and other exchange programmes for our health personnel to expose them to best practices around the world;
- Continue to implement policies on the integration of Traditional Medicine into the mainstream health care delivery system in compliance with the provisions of the Traditional Medicine Practice Act, 2000 (Act 575);
- Extend the on-going free Insecticide Treated Nets (ITN) distribution programme to attain the 2005 Abuja target of 60% of children sleeping under insecticide treated nets countrywide by 2020;
- Expand the bio-larvicide spraying programme to reduce the incidence of malaria.
It is estimated that about 80% of the world’s population rely on herbal medicine, creating a huge world market for the product. Between 2008 and 2013, export of medicinal plants from Ghana increased five-fold from US$8million to approximately US$ 40million.
In the next four years, we will:
- Support the large-scale cultivation of medicinal plants for export;
- Support the manufacture of traditional remedies for diseases;
- Create a permanent body to review the Ghana Herbal Pharmacopoeia on a regular basis;
- Strengthen regulatory mechanisms to ensure safe, efficacious and efficient administration of herbal medicine;
- Continue to support the Centre for Research into Plant Medicine, Mampong-Akwapim, and the Centre for Traditional and Herbal Medicine, KNUST;
- Establish the School of Traditional Medicine at Keta in addition to the School of Pharmacy as a satellite campus of the University of Health and Allied Sciences.
Accident and Trauma Centers
- Upgrade existing health facilities located in the following towns along some of the major highways into Accident and Trauma Centres:
- Sogakope (Volta Region)
- Anomabo (Central Region)
- Half-Assini (Western Region)
- Nkawkaw (Eastern Region)
- Kintampo (Brong Ahafo Region)
- Techiman (Brong Ahafo Region)
- Wa (Upper West Region)
- Hohoe (Volta Region)
- Gambia No. 2 (Brong Ahafo Region)
- Buipe (Northern Region)
- Train more doctors in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) to help in the specialized handling of accident and trauma victims.
HIV/AIDS and the 90-90-90 Fast-Track Targets by 2020
We shall prioritise and implement the National Strategic Plan 2016-2020 on HIV/AIDS and work towards achieving the 90-90-90 fast-track targets (90% of People Living with HIV know their status, 90% of People Living with HIV on Antiretroviral treatment and 90% immunesuppression).
The priorities shall include strengthening of strategic information and health systems, community empowerment to scale up HIV testing, treatment and targeted behavior change among others.
Additionally, we will continue to work to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2017 and meet the needs of adolescents and youth.
We shall prioritise mental health care and ensure strict implementation of the Mental Health Act 2012 (Act 846) by working with local and international partners to galvanise support for the attainment of the objectives that will drastically improve mental healthcare in Ghana. To this end, we will stimulate the training of more psychiatric specialists (doctors and nurses), encourage more psychologists and allied professionals to specialise in mental health care and ensure mainstreaming of mental healthcare in our hospitals.
We will move the Accra Psychiatric Hospital to Pantang and develop the Pantang Mental Hospital into a first class mental health facility. We will build two additional psychiatric hospitals in Ashanti and the Northern Regions.
Physical exercise for Health and Wellbeing
Ghana continues to be affected by the double burden of communicable and noncommunicable disease. While establishing the National Infectious Disease Centre, stepping up campaigns and undertaking activities to improve personal hygiene and sanitation to deal with communicable diseases, we shall also vigorously create national awareness on the need to combat lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and stroke.
In addition to Physical Education Exercises in schools, we shall promote the establishment of Community Residence Health Teams to encourage regular communal physical exercise, regular drills in Basic Life Support and Health Talks, with the view to inculcating healthy lifestyles in the citizenry.