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Health News of Monday, 18 May 2015

Source: GNA

Ministry of health ends 2015 health summit

The Ministry of Health (MoH) at the weekend ended the 2015 Health Summit with the signing of an aide memoire with its agencies and development partners (DP) in Accra.

The health summit, which started on May 11, involved assessing the performance of the country’s health sector in a quest to improve health care delivery.

The aide memoire includes the recommendations and implementations of agreements made and concerns raised, particularly the provision of basic health care services to communities through community-based health planning and services.

The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Victor Asare Bampoe urged the DP’s to aid the MoH in its quest to improve health care delivery by providing appropriate technical and material support and also jointly monitor progress of implementation.

“I expect the implementation of the aide memoire recommendations to be a shared responsibility between the MoH and its partners,” he said.

The DP Lead, Dr Magda Robalo said the development partners are committed to continue working closely with the MoH to support its defined priorities in the context of its common management arrangements.

She said there are challenges ahead, but the MoH’s and DP’s collective determination to address them heads-on remains strong.

“We are coming to the end of 2015, the last year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), although we have not been able to meet the health related targets, we have, made progress and remain committed to finish the MDG’s business while embracing the sustainable development goals with equity lenses and leaving no one behind,” she said.

Dr Robalo commended the MoH and its agencies for a well organised, productive and successful health summit.