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General News of Friday, 3 July 2020

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Ghana needs equity, access in coronavirus testing – Coalition of NGOs in Health

The Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health is calling on the Ghana Health Service to institutionalise a coronavirus control programme to properly manage situations of community spread.

In a release issued on Friday, July 3, 2020, the Coalition also urged the Ghana Health Service to institute and roll out standard precautionary measures nationwide.

“Our data is suggesting the need to ensure equity and access in the testing and support services. Parts of the country do not still have the basic logistics to properly manage situations of community spread of the COVID-19,” the release sign by the Coalition’s Chairman, Dr Gabriel Gbiel Benarkuu said.

The Coalition also urged the Ghana Health Service to establish a national taskforce for monitoring of COVID-19 interventions.

This taskforce, the Coalition said, must visit all regions to ensure accountability and equitable distribution of resources.

Read the full statement below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

From: Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health (GCNH)

To: Ghana Health Service, Accra.

Date: 3rd July, 2020

Subject: Ghana Health Service (GHS) Institutionalise Control Programme on Coronavirus in Ghana

The Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health (GCNH) is calling on the GHS to establish a National Control Programme on Coronavirus (NCPCOVID-19).

Our data is suggesting the need to ensure EQUITY and ACCESS in the testing and support services. Parts of the country do not still have the basic logistics to properly manage situations of community spread of the covid-19.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

To be able to control the community infection of the covid-19, the standard precautionary measures must be enforced and roll-out. The strategic issues to consider by the GHS-Health Promotion division with stakeholders are:

1. Establish control program for covid-19;

2. Strategic partnership with Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health (GCNH) and other health related CSOs;

3. Anti-stigma and anti-discrimination campaign sustainability strategies should be developed. This must be amplified, by Involving CSOs participation at districts and regional levels.

4. National taskforce for monitoring of COVID-19 interventions must be instituted to visit all regions to ensure accountability and equity distribution of resources.

5. MMDAs (District Assemblies) should amend their by-laws and enforce properly. The MMDAs need more funding for the job. We take this opportunity to appeal to the managers of the COVID 19 Trust Fund, to support the activities on the ground.

6. Ministry of Food and Agriculture should integrate COVID-19 education into the 2020 farming season, especially GoG Flagship programmes.

7. Political parties should develop standard precaution guidelines to protect themselves and the general public. The recent behaviours and practices of (covid-19 protocols) some politicians is unacceptable.

BRIEF BACKGROUND OF GCNH

The Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health (GCNH) is an umbrella CSO, NGOs, FBOs and CBOs with the mandate for health-related Research, Advocacy, Public Health Education, Watch-dog role and Policy influencing. GCNH has played a pivotal road since WHO announced the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. GCNH advocated for Ghana’s preparedness, response planning and containment measures’ improvement till date.

Signed by:

Dr. GABRIEL GBIEL BENARKUU, (Ph.D)

(NATIONAL CHAIRMAN)

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