On the 27th day of February 2020, the western regional minister, Hon. Kwabena Okyere-Darko Mensah attended the Performance Review of Western Regional Health Directorate at the SSNIT Conference Hall, Takoradi where he spoke about the need to beef up the sub-district health centers to ensure effective health care delivery.

He spoke on the pivotal role the sub-district health system plays on the successful delivery of complete health service. He emphasizes the need to adequately deal with the inadequacies in the health delivery in the region especially the sub-district health systems. He added that administrative and procedural structures should be put in place to forestall inadequacies.

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The western regional minister stressed on the leadership of the Western Regional Health Directorate to focus and prioritize on the sub-district health system because it’s an intermediate level which operates and implements the policies of central and district level with local initiatives and resources. The district and sub-district offer great opportunities for effective inter-sectoral action and different sectors are able to prioritize their problems as one entity and plan to work together to solve common problems.

Finally, he used the opportunity to highlight and explain the government’s commitment to providing a good health system, accessible and affordable to all. In view of the above, he made it known at the meeting that, Ghana Health Service has developed a new incentive package, the Deprived Area Incentive Scheme, which has been submitted to the Ministry of Health for approval. This package was included in the 2020 budget. The scheme is aimed at attracting and retaining staff in underserved areas. The Minister reiterated that this package would be juicy and mouthwatering enough to attract critical staff like doctors and other health staff to even the remotest parts of the country.

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