The Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) Sub-platform Coalition on ensuring healthy lives and wellbeing has urged the Government to ensure that no one was left behind in accessing healthcare, especially children.
It said parents from hard-to-reach areas, mostly food production areas, spent more time to seek healthcare services for their children and that the improvement in health services would enhance the country’s socio-economic development.
These came to light on Tuesday at a consultative meeting in Accra to commemorate the World Health Day, a day set aside globally to draw attention to the importance of good health.
Sponsored by the World Vision Ghana, the meeting was held on the theme: “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone Everywhere”.
Madam Joyce Larnyoh, the Co-Chair Member of the Civil Society Organisation Platform on SDGs, said failure by government to address the challenge of access to health could lead to low food production with negative effects on food security.
She stated that the problem was compounded by accessing the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards and the dwindling funds of the Scheme making it indebted to health facilities.
“You will find women queuing in front of district offices early morning and waiting for long hours before getting their card. A lot needs to be done to ensure the NHIS works effectively,” she said.
Madam Larnyoh, who is also the Country Director of International Child Development Programme, urged Civil Society Organisations in the health sector not only to implement projects but to give voice to the vulnerable.
She charged the Coalition to build partnerships to press home the demands for good health and wellbeing for everyone.
Madam Agnes Obeng, the Senior Programme Effectiveness Manager at World Vision Ghana, appealed to the Coalition to focus its attention on advocacy for effective systems, infrastructure development and behaviour change in order to succeed.