Health infrastructure, the Minister for Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah has said, is an essential component of the health delivery system, therefore health infrastructure investment provided a crucial opportunity for the achievement of universal health coverage and development goals. It was in this view; government was prioritizing the development and enhancement of Ghana’s health care delivery systems.
He stated, government’s efforts to efficiently manage the National Health Insurance Scheme as well as the various interventions in the health sector, such as the proposed Agenda 111 to Construct Regional and District Hospitals across the Country were part of priorities to meet the health needs of the good people of Ghana.
“These facilities and interventions were expected to contribute positively to reducing health care cost and improve quality of service deliver”, he added.
The Minister further mentioned government’s efforts notwithstanding, it could not do all alone and required support and collaboration from Corporate Ghana in building a healthy population and more importantly a healthy work force.
The Minister for Transport was speaking at the 5th Anniversary Celebration of the International Maritime Hospital (IMaH) in Team on the theme “5 Years of Excellent Healthcare Poised on Mandate Delivery”.
He called on the management and staff of the hospital to take stock and reflect on the journey so far in providing quality healthcare services envisioned at the onset as well as remind themselves of their obligation to seek continuous improvement in service delivery in line with the mandate of the hospital.
He noted that this consciousness will in no doubt propel the hospital towards achieving their ultimate vision to making available to the Ghanaian and International public, an ultramodern healthcare facility managed by specialist and professionals of high ethical and moral standards.
Hon. Ofori Asiamah urged the hospital not to only give access to their services, neither should they focus only on availability but also on affordability and acceptability. He mentioned that as more people accessed the hospital, they should ensure easy, fast and open access to services at all hours of the day since their clients were their cherished partners in the service delivery system.
“There should be a conscious effort to put a dynamic healthcare governance structure in place. Attention should be paid to whole family care, high value services, world class customer service, staff engagement and wellness among other values” he reiterated.
He added, excellent healthcare was all-encompassing and does not focus only on the patients or the clients but also on the staff who were the most valuable assets of the hospital. “Efforts should therefore be made to ensure the introduction of policies and new technologies to enhance staff delivery”, he noted.
Hon. Ofori Asiamah revealed, statistics showed that most healthcare providers died slowly from mental health issues such as suicide, substance abuse and depression among others, and entreated management of the hospital to create an environment where there was support for staff to also keep healthy.
He commended the management and staff of IMaH for how far they had come and their achievement in the 5 years of operation. He in addition urged them to challenge themselves to do better in the years ahead to deliver on their mandate.