SPEECH DELIVERED BY H.E. JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA

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SPEECH DELIVERED BY H.E. JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA, AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF LEKMA HOSPITAL TESHIE IN THE LEDZOKUKU KROWOR    MUNICIPALITY IN THE GREATER ACCRA REGION ON TUESDAY, 21ST DECEMBER, 2010.

 

Mr. Chairman

Hon. Minister of Health

Hon. Members of Parliament Present

Members of the Diplomatic Corps

Representative of China Geo-Engineering Corporation

Directors of Health and Health Workers

Chiefs and People of Ledzokuku Krowor

Members of the Press

Ladies and Gentlemen

I am delighted to be with you here this afternoon to officially open this new hospital located here in Teshie in the Ledzekuku Krowor constituency.

One of the cardinal areas of emphasis in Government’s 5-year programme of work  focuses on increasing access to health care.

It is regrettable to note that even though Teshie is located in Accra, it is one of the deprived communities in the region. Physical access to health care poses a great challenge to the people of Teshie.  It has not been possible to provide public health faculties here in Teshie in relation to the population here.  This situation poses a great danger since people have to travel to access health care outside the municipality.

It is in response to this need that the government of the People’s Republic of China agreed to provide a grant facility to finance this project at a cost of US 7,280,000 which was ably executed by China – Geo-Engineering Corporation.

I am happy to learn that in addition to providing access to quality health care for the people of Teshie and its environs, the project will also provide training for the medical staff and medical Technicians to make them efficient and effective. Equally satisfying is the provision to carry out research on malaria which is one of the causes of infant mortality in Ghana.  Also the provision of traditional Chinese medical services in the hospital will go a long way to complement our own approved herbal treatment and traditional medical practices.

I therefore expect that with the completion of this project, the people of Teshie and its environs will be healthy in order to make them more productive since the facility is expected to cater for about 1,000,000 people.

Whilst government is committed to making investments in the development of health facilities within the public sector, it is expected that these facilities would be well managed to benefit the users of such facilities.  It is therefore expected that the LEKPA health Service providers will put together a strong team to manage the resources of the hospital.

In this connection, I will suggest that the management of the hospital should come up with a strategic plan that will provide a strategic focus to the future direction of the hospital.  This strategic plan should incorporate the setting up of a Hygiene and Sanitation committee within the hospital to ensure that it is clean and properly maintained at all times.

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for us to take care of our health delivery system by committing resources into running and maintaining them. I say this because it is better to prevent diseases rather than to allow them to take us by surprise. We can also practice preventive medicine by regular exercises, by drinking adequate water, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, making time to rest, and by practicing personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness whilst reducing fat, sugar and salt intake.

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, government views the health sector as the backbone of the economy. We know that when people are sick, they cannot work. If we are unable to work and produce goods and services we shall not be able to achieve our economic goals and targets let alone achieve the vision we have set for this country.

Before we can achieve the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 on reducing maternal and child deaths, there is the need to intensify the coverage of health services in the country. It is therefore our aim to develop a health care system which will make health accessible to everyone irrespective of age, gender, religion or political affiliation.

To achieve this, government shall secure a loan facility to complete all uncompleted capital projects within the health sector.  In addition to providing these physical infrastructure, government will ensure that all completed health facilities have adequate water supply, reliable electricity and sound environmental sanitation.

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, I will like to pay tribute to and congratulate all those past and present who have made this project to see the light of day.

I therefore entrust this edifice into the hands of the management of the hospital and urge them to ensure that only quality care is provided here. On this note, I now wish to declare the LEKMA hospital duly inaugurated

Thank you very much and may God bless us all. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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