NATIONAL HEALTH POLICY LAUNCHED UNDER A THEME: ENSURING LIVES FOR ALL.


Story by : JOSEPH A. COFFIE

The Ministry of Health launched the Revised National Health Policy at the Accra International Conference Center yesterday 2nd November, 2020.

This event was attended by H.E. The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Nana Ebunabobrim Prah Agyensam VI,

The National Chief Imam, Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu,

The President, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, Rev. Prof. Frimpong Manso

The President of the Greater Accra House of Chiefs,

The Hon. Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu (MP) other Hon. Ministers of State, the Chief Director of ministry of health, heads of Agencies of the Ministry of Health directors of the Ministry of Health and some other dignitaries.



The sector Minister Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister for health

thanked H.E. The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for agreeing to grace the occasion as the “Special Guest of Honour”. 


He said, "it gives him  great please to deliver this remarks on this special day of the official launch of the revised National Health Policy (NHP 2020). 


"This revised NHP (2020) is themed “Ensuring Healthy Lives for all”. 


The minister noted that, Such a theme is apt and in line with the health related target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 3) which seeks to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all”. We aim to ensure that we leave no Ghanaian behind.


Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu said the last NHP was developed in 2007 and has guided the delivery of health services in Ghana. 


"We say congratulations to all those who were part of it development. Ever since, the context of health service delivery has changed over time, which demands for a review. This revised NHP offers a Whole-of-government and a Whole-of-Society approach to delivering holistic, comprehensive, equitable, affordable and responsive health services towards better Quality of Life (QoL) for the people of Ghana".


He said, this policy further seeks to address economic, social and environmental determinants of health and aim to reduce risk factors by mainstreaming a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach.


He noted, Health and well-being is a key goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to which the international community has pledged its support. In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by around 2030, we must ensure coherence of our policies with the SDGs.


" To this end, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ghanaian President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo asked WHO in April 2018 to guide the elaboration of a Global Action Plan to implement the 2030"


" Agenda’s health goals. Twelve international organisations were involved in drafting this Action Plan. The outcome is very gratifying. The plan provides us with a solid basis for improving health delivery . 

The current outbreak of COVID-19 in Ghana and around the world once again highlights the importance and urgency of coordinated action."


" All this processes provided the needed background in the development of the revised National Health Policy." He noted.


"The NHP which is to ensure healthy lives for all people living in Ghana recognizes the wider operational definition of health as being “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity” (WHO). 


"It further recognizes all organizations, people and their actions which impact on the health of the population and not just those directly involved in the provision of healthcare services."


The Minister indicated that, "the scope is intended to ensure that we all work towards the achievement of healthy lives for all people living in Ghana; through an enabling policy framework that recognizes, empowers and brings together, in a coordinated manner, all stakeholders using the following five (5) policy objectives: "


To strengthen the healthcare delivery system to be resilient.

To encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyles .

 To improve the physical environment; 

To improve the socio-economic status of the population; 

To ensure sustainable financing for health.


He said, all these are within the framework of multi-sectoral collaboration, strategic partnerships, decentralization, equity and citizens’ involvement and social accountability. 


"All stakeholders and health professionals are implored to collaborate effectively to support the implementation of the National Health Policy in order to achieve our collective broad national health goal." 


He noted, "I am extremely confident that this revised National Health Policy will form the basis for the provision of the best possible preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care services across the length and breadth of Ghana, through an integrated multi-sectoral approach to stimulate national development within the framework of Health in all Policies approach".


The Hon. Minister,  Kwaku Agyeman-Manu  expressed his profound gratitude to all collaborating sectors who supported in the development of this policy on behalf of the ministry of health. 


He stated, "We are particularly grateful to UNICEF and all our development partners (WHO, World Bank, USAID among others) for supporting the review process both technically and financially.


In conclusion, he added,  "as I have previously stated, in the beginning of this speech to “leave no-one behind” the National Health Policy needs to be able to be implemented, measured and reported on by all Agencies of the Ministry of Health and all other Ministries, Departments and Agencies".

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