The Minister for Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has disclosed government’s commitment to achieving the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and increasing access to essential health services by 2030 and beyond.
“We believe that this commitment can be achieved through strategic investments in Primary Health Care (PHC),” he added.
He said this on Monday during the health sector annual summit for 2023 in Accra.
Mr Agyeman-Manu indicated that despite the economic challenges faced in the year 2022, the health sector remained relatively stable in terms of interventions and corresponding outputs, outcomes and impacts.
He stated that there was a decline in the institutional maternal mortality ratio from 119.6 in the 2021 to 102.6 in 2022.
“This is very commendable. However, Ashanti, Greater Accra and Eastern regions recorded high maternal mortality ratios though there was a decline in the case of Greater Accra region from 163.31 in 2021 to 155.5 in 2022. There is the urgent need to support these regions to address the possible contributory factors,” he noted.
He added that institutional stillbirths, neonatal, infant and under-five mortalities and family planning also reduced marginally in 2022.
“Family Planning acceptor rates also saw an increase from 33.8% in 2021 to 36.1% in 2022. Ahafo region recorded the highest family planning acceptor rates among the regions and so they need to be commended. All-cause mortality rates also declined from 21.73% to 19% in 2022,” he added.
He pointed out that these modest achievements among other areas are commendable but needed to be justified for more funds.
Grace Acheampong, ISD