Ghana: Government Will Boost Vaccine Funding From 49% to 66% -Amy

May 17, 2024 | Health | 0 comments

Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye, the Government Representative at the Ministry of Health, revealed that the government anticipates an increase in funding for vaccines from 49% to 66%. He explained that the government typically covers about 15% of the total distribution cost through the Ghana Health Service’s integrated service supply of vaccine services. Dr. Okoe-Boye made these remarks during the opening ceremony of the 2024 annual health summit held yesterday in Accra.

He highlighted the Ministry of Health’s roadmap aimed at transitioning Ghana from donor financing to domestically self-financed immunization progressively. Emphasizing the importance of leadership support, regulatory frameworks, and financing mechanisms, he stressed the goal of achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. Dr. Okoe-Boye also mentioned the establishment of the National Vaccine Institute to coordinate vaccine-related activities and the development of a policy and bill for the creation of a Center for Health Security (CHS) to enhance preparedness and response to public health emergencies, drawing lessons from the COVID-19 crisis.

Additionally, he mentioned ongoing discussions to review the Public Health Act (Act 851) to empower the Ministry of Health and relevant authorities to effectively respond to health crises and emergencies while improving public health outcomes through coordination with other sectors and stakeholders.

Meanwhile, French leftist leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon embarked on a symbolic four-day visit to Senegal, becoming the first French political figure to meet the new government led by Prime Minister Ousmane Sonko. The visit follows the electoral victory of Bassirou Diomaye Faye and Sonko’s Pastef party, both of whom were previously imprisoned under the former Senegalese leader Macky Sall.

Mélenchon’s visit, seen as part of his engagement strategy in Africa, underscores his support for Faye and Sonko and his differences with the French government. While praising Senegal’s democratic transition, Mélenchon also advocates for “sovereign aspirations” in African countries, including those in the Sahel region that have witnessed military coups breaking ties with France since 2020. Pastef announced Sonko’s upcoming visits to Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger, prompting speculation about potential “parallel” diplomacy shared between Faye and Sonko in Senegal.

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