2012 Health Summit opens in Accra

Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, Minister of Health on Monday called on health workers, particularly doctors and nurses to exhibit positive attitudes towards their patients to ensure quality service delivery.

Addressing the opening session of the 2012 Health Summit in Accra, he stressed that the investments being made by government and its partners would have limited effect if attitude of doctors and nurses towards their patients did not improve.

“I am aware that the issue of staff attitude has been high on the agenda of the Ghana Health Service for a very long time now. I am prepared to provide all the necessary support to ensure that there is a change of attitude at all levels.”

The week-long summit on the theme: ” Going Beyond Strategy to Action: All hands on Deck for the Millennium Development Acceleration Framework”, presents the health sector and its partners, stakeholders and civil society an opportunity to review the sector’s performance last year and access weather the levels of performance conformed to the levels of investment made over the period.

Mr Bagbin noted that the theme of the summit signalled the fact that Ghana was behind in many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets therefore, there was the urgent need for the Ministry and its partners to stop flagging the challenges and aim at addressing them in order to achieve the goals.

“It is not right to simply report on performance, we must give reasons why we underperformed or over performed in some areas.

“I believe that we must focus attention on strategies that will deliver health to the people of Ghana, “emphasising that as the Sector Minister, he was raising concerns because even though there had been some progress in the year under review, the country was quiet behind schedule in the collective promise to meet the MDGs.

However, the current growing disease burden and high rates of maternal and under-five mortality as well as non-communicable diseases were not a reflection of the country’s development when “Our capacity for resuscitation of patients within our hospitals is limited”. GNA

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