Ghana Parliament pushes for universal health coverage

Ghana Parliament pushes for universal health coverage

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Ishmael Junourgh, Accra, April 16, 2019, Fri, 7:00am

Wa Central MP, Hon. Rashid Pelpuo

Wa Central MP, Hon. Rashid Pelpuo

Ghana’s population is likely to be more than double by 2050 and young people in the age brackets of 15-34 will constitute the bulk of the population by 2015-2063, as a result, the Ghana Parliamentary group on health has engaged in the African Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development on ways to push for universal health coverage.

But, it must be noted that the country is a signatory to some continental policy frameworks, model laws and global commitments: African Charter on Human Rights in Africa, (1986) International Conference on Population and Development, (1994) Maputo Protocol/African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women, (2003) Addis Ababa Declaration (2007) as well as the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals; (SDG) goal 3, 5 targeted to be achieved by 2030.

The Parliamentary forum stated that the move would as well drive the provision of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services that would benefit the vulnerable women and adolescents and also improve population development in the country.

Also, the group acknowledged the achievement of primary health care as a first step to that of the universal health coverage.

The Members of Parliament (MP) expressed worry over why malaria was still topping in the chart of first ten diseases in the health facilities in the country and why the government was still relying on donor support alone for contraceptives.

The MPs noted that it was high time people take their family planning seriously because the cost of education was increasing against almost none available job opportunities in the country, if not globally.

It is against this background that the African Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development has engaged the Ghana Parliamentary committee on health in Accra on April 15, 2019, on “making universal coverage, health financing and population and development a political priority.”

In the communiqué presented by the Wa Central MP, Hon. Rashid Pelpuo, the lawmakers stated: “We support the provision of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services at large. It is both inexpensive and cost-effective, and it meets critical needs of a large portion of the population while helping governments make progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets related to universal access to contraceptives and universal health coverage and agenda 2063 that envisages a people-centered sustainable development agenda.”

The parliamentarian forum pledged their commitment to leaving no one behind in the quest to achieve primary health care to provide the cornerstone for the achievement of the universal health coverage. “We acknowledge that the highest attainable standard of health without financial hardship for all requires meeting women  and adolescent girls’ unique needs, including their sexual and reproductive health including explicitly targeting those populations most in need.”

The group as well observed the need to review and strengthen health systems in the country through adequate financial allocations for implementation of the National Health Plans and policies, support reduction and the progressive abolition of out-of-pocket expenses while supporting effective implementation of cost-effective primary health care policies and strengthening of the Ghana Health Insurance Scheme. (NHIS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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