The First Lady of the Republic Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has called for increased collaboration among key stakeholders in the health sector in an effort to achieve universal healthcare.
According to the First Lady of the Republic, The Rebecca Foundation and the Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation will thrive well if they build effective partnerships.
“I am therefore glad that both the Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation and the Rebecca foundation are part of a community of organizations with a shared objective of achieving universal health coverage in reproductive, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition.”
The First Lady said this when delivering the keynote address at the opening of the First Maternal Child Health and Nutrition Conference in Accra.
“Let us also be reminded that the effective management of proven interventions and programs is a sure way, to reduce the prevailing burden of maternal, newborn and child illnesses and deaths”, she reminded the gathering.
Moreover, Mrs. Akuffo- Addo stressed on the point that, “every Ghanaian child must not only survive, but be provided everything needed to ensure their total physical, emotional and cognitive development. I urge all of us to give this due consideration in our deliberations.”
However, she bemoaned the fact that “a large number of children, young adolescents and women, continue to die or live with disabilities mostly from preventable causes” and called for more work to be done.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo charged participants to be mindful of the fact that health service delivery must be client-centered.
Client-oriented healthcare is one of the reasons the Rebecca Foundation is constructing a modern Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, she explained.
Mrs. Akuffo-Addo said “It is my fervent hope that, it will improve the working conditions of doctors and nurses, and ultimately contribute to addressing the gap in quality of care to ensure improved healthcare to our children”.
Finally, the First Lady commended health sector players, including the Ghana Health Service, Ministry of Health, health partners and other stakeholders asking them to commit to protecting the lives of Ghanaian.
Source: Aikins Adjei/pinkfmonlinegh.com