A former Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Elias Sory, is calling on stakeholders in the health delivery system to initiate a critical discussion aimed at improving the sector.
According to him, just like countries across the worldâ€“ even in advanced countries â€“ the coronavirus pandemic has revealed deep cracks in Ghanaâ€™s health system.
â€œThis disease has come to expose the weaknesses in the system and we cannot say we are not in the same boat,â€ he said on Joy Newsâ€™ PM Express.
Acknowledging that there have been improvements in Ghanaâ€™s health system, Dr Sory said the country still has a lot to do.
â€œInfrastructure-wise, we wouldnâ€™t say we donâ€™t have a good part of it but there is a lot we still have to do as has been exposed. Weâ€™ve been training personnel for some time now but we still have a lot to do. Weâ€™ve been equipping our institutions but we still have a lot to do,â€ he said.
Dr Sory also backed renewed calls by the Coalition of NGOs in Health for governments to do well to continue and complete projects started under previous administrations.For Director of the GHS calls national discourse on Ghana’s health systemFor Director of the GHS calls national discourse on Ghana’s health system
â€œFrom the districts to the national, you go to health centres and you see bungalows that goats and sheep are sleeping in and health workers donâ€™t get the right accommodation to stay in,â€ he recounted his experience.
â€œCoronavirus is a big challenge,â€ he said, adding that, â€œit is a tiny organism that is going to kill. And it is good we are discussing things now,â€ he said.
According to him politics has harmed Ghanaâ€™s health system â€œbecause we tend to look at how we can stay on instead of looking at how people will live and be able to combat diseases that threaten usâ€¦â€
â€œAnd so if today this has come up, I hope we will end up uniting more and identifying we should put inâ€¦so that the people in Ghana will have a better way of dealing with any disease that comes,â€ he said.
The Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Sory notes, should be a good time for a national discourse on Ghanaâ€™s health system aimed at improving the sector.