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Sherry Ayittey, Health Minister

THE ASANTEHENE, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has tasked governments in the West African sub-region to implement policies that will make health service affordable and available to the entire citizenry, irrespective of the person?s social status.

?Our governments should take steps to remove financial barriers to health services by implementing insurances systems,? Otumfuo stated during the official opening of the 54th Annual General Conference of the West African College of Surgeons.

He said that African leaders should recognise that there are vulnerable people in their societies who should be cared for by all, adding, ?In Ghana, the insurance system is yet to cover all surgical procedures though majority of common conditions are covered under the existing scheme.?

Otumfuo said Ghanaians need to learn from the challenges confronting the health insurance scheme ?and perfect it so we can develop a system that is equitable and just? which would seek to address the healthcare needs of all and sundry without discrimination.

Held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi on Monday, the programme was attended by astute surgeons from across the West African sub-region.

The Asantehene implored surgeons to always uphold the ethics of the noble profession, saying, ?As surgeons, you are held in very high esteem, and we do willingly entrust our dear lives to you.?

The Asante King also tasked the surgeons to at all times strive to be compassionate, live above reproach and remain shining examples in the midst of widespread and moral bankruptcy.

The Asantehene pledged the support of the Manhyia Palace to the West African College of Surgeons, adding, ?It is important for you to partner with your colleagues from the Diaspora in advancing surgical services in the sub-region.?

The President of West African College of Surgeons, Prof K.H. Yangni-Angate Jnr stressed on the need for surgical care to be extended to people living in the rural and deprives areas in the sub-region, bemoaning that people were dying due to lack of access to surgical care.

The Minister of Health, Sherry Ayittey, urged surgeons to continually embark on medical outreach programmes so that people living in those deprived areas could also access quality healthcare, assuring of her Ministry?s readiness to support such programmes.

The 54th West African College of Surgeons annual conference was under the theme: ?Systems Strengthening for Health Services?.

Participants of the programme would take stock of their activities for the past year and strategise to improve their work this year, for the benefit of the people.

 FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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