The First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, has lauded corporate entities, civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations for complementing the efforts of the government to provide health care for Ghanaians.
She said while corporate entities offered their support through their corporate social responsibility activities, civil society and non-governmental organisations also mobilised resources to implement programmes and projects in line with national health policies and programmes.
Mrs Mahama made the remarks when she donated medical supplies to the Kade District Hospital and St Joseph Catholic Hospitals, both in the Eastern Region.
The supplies included gloves, collectors, catheters, ventilators, gauze, syringes and lamps.
Mrs Mahama noted that achieving universal and quality health care was an enormous responsibility which could not be achieved by the government alone.
She, therefore, encouraged corporate entities, civil society and non-governmental organisations to do more to help attain the government's vision of universal quality health for all.
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The First Lady said the government would continue to invest in the health sector because it recognised the importance of health to the development of the human resources.
Mrs Mahama commended the health workers in the communities she visited for their hard work and for contributing their quota to the development of the country.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Antwi Boasiako Sekyere, commended the First Lady for her commitment to support health care and the vulnerable in society.
At the Kade District Hospital, the Medical Superintendent, Dr Osei Kissi appealed to the First Lady to help complete a maternity block which had stalled due to financial constraint.
He also indicated that the roads to the hospital and other areas in the communities were in a deplorable state and needed to be constructed.
At the St Joseph Hospital, the Director, Rev. Bro. George Castro Yankey, said the inability of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to pay the hospital’s claims on time was a big challenge.
According to him, the bill of GH¢1. 3 million submitted for the months of August 2014 to February 2015 had not been settled.