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The Deputy Minister of Health, Alexander K K Abban, has disclosed that the government has initiated a programme to offer employment to all qualified nurses from private institutions who completed their training between 2012 and 2016.

Effective from yesterday, the Deputy Minister said, an electronic platform has been launched to facilitate the exercise.

Mr Abban made this announcement at the first Volta Regional town-hall meeting, organised by the Ministry of Information under the auspices of the Volta Regional Co-ordinating Council (VRCC). He said financial clearance has been given for 54,892 nurses.

Supply-chain reforms

Mr Abban, who is also the MP for Gomoa East, said the government remains committed to improving public health care.

The first seven months’ financial commitment for the 2018/19 academic year has been honoured, he also said, adding that a GHC57.8 million warrant has been released to clear the remaining months.

The Deputy Minister said the Ministry of Health is undertaking supply-chain reforms to improve health-care commodity management. This includes logistics management information systems to ensure data visibility, last-mile distribution of health commodities, framework contracting and warehousing.

Health for all

Mr Abban said the National Health Insurance Authority has a new strategy to help the NHIA attain financial autonomy and make efficiencies.

The scheme will increase service tariffs by 20 per cent this year, he said. A new tariff regime came into effect in April 2019.

By the end of last month, he said, subdistrict facilities had been paid to enhance the achievement of universal health coverage.

Mr Abban said deep investigation shows that GHC1.03 billion has been paid, with an accruing debt of GHC1.2 04bn and outstanding debts of GHC200m.

Rehabilitate district hospitals

On the subject of infrastructure, the Deputy Minister said Tamale Teaching Hospital is undergoing major rehabilitation work.

This is besides the completion of work on five district hospitals, in Bamboi, Buipe, Sawla, Somanya and Wheta.

He said refurbishment is continuing in five polyclinics under the Ghana Eight Hospital Project, targeting Abetifi, Dodowa, Fomena, Garu, Kumasi, Sekondi, Shai Osudoku and Takoradi.

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