The World Health Organisation (WHO) is to assist Ghana to revamp the country’s pharmaceutical industry to enable local pharmaceutical companies to build on their capacities to produce essential drugs and vaccines.
It will also support the country to strengthen its health systems in general to improve quality health care delivery services to the people.
The new WHO Country Representative in Ghana, Dr. Iddrisu Sow, made this known when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Health, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, in his office to officially introduce himself to him.
A statement issued on Monday by the Head of Public Relations of the Ministry of Health, Dan Osman Mwin, said Dr. Sow, who assumed duty in the country on April 16, 2012, took over from Dr Daniel Kertesz, who completed his duty tour and had since left the country.
It said Mr. Bagbin assured Dr Sow of government’s commitment to providing the necessary leadership and conditions for healthy partnership to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the health sector’s vision “to create a healthy population for national development.”
According to the statement, Mr Bagbin said it was the health sector’s vision to attain the MDGs, preventive and promotional health and emergency care systems.
It said the Ministry was going beyond strategy to action and therefore called for support especially from development partners led by the WHO.
The statement noted that it was only through collaborative effort and team work that the health sector could contribute its quota to the success of the government’s better Ghana agenda.