The Ghana Health Service (GHS) Council has begun a nationwide tour of health facilities across the country to learn at first-hand the challenges bedevilling the health sector.
Speaking to the media after the first day of the tour, Director General of the Ghana health service, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare assured health workers their concerns would be addressed by the council.
The Council visited four health facilities in the Central Region on the first day of their tour.
The facilities visited include one CHPS compound, one health centre, one district hospital and one regional health facility.
The Director-General accompanied by the new members of the GHS Council interacted with medical professionals at the facilities visited and outlined plans the Council intends to implement.
Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare says the Ghana health service is poised to achieving quality universal health coverage.
“This is what we are doing as a Council. We want to interact with our people, our staff and to see how our health centres are faring. We want to take advantage of ICT to improve our health delivery system.
‘We want to see the problems they are having. We are hoping that by September ending we will finish touring the entire country,” he said.
Dr Nsiah Asare assured the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) will see massive improvement under the new Service Council.
The Council, he indicates, has mapped out a plan to pay outstanding National health insurance claims for health facilities beginning this Thursday, March 29, 2018.
“By the close of work on Thursday, we are taking care of the outstanding bills of health centres. By the end of June will take care of outstanding claims in 2017.
“We will make sure that the lowest levels would not be denied of health insurance claims. We want to increase the gate-keeper mechanism,” he assured.
Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Alexis Nang Beifubah says the government agency will work assiduously to improve the quality of health delivery in the region.