Dr Sebastian Sandaare, a member of the Health Selsct Committee of parliament has questioned government commitment to equity distribution of state resources in the 2020 Budget Statement.
According to him, the 2020 budget made some allocation to build Districts Hospitals and Clinics in some parts of the country, while leaving others in dire needs of such projects.
Dr Sandaare made this observation when he took his turn of the debate on the 2020 budget statement in parliament last Wednesday.
He told THE REPUBLIC after the debate that, the government financial policy does not conform to the Directive Principles of State Policy as enshrined in Chapter six of the 1992 Constitution.
Dr Sandaare, who is the Member of Parliament for Dafiama/Bussie/Issa said, the government indicated in the 2020 Budget of its intended policy to build 10 hospitals in some districts in Ashanti and Eastern Regions, while none is earmarked for Western, Northern, and Volta Regions.
He said the Akufo Addo government promised to bring many development and improve living standard of Ghanaians in every part of the country and not only some sections.
The lawmaker warned that should the government move to that tangent by allocation health projects to only places perceived to be the stronghold of the governing party, Ghana risked missing out to meet the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) target by year 2030.
He averred that the resources of the country ought to be shared equitably as demonstrated by the erstwhile John Mahama administration.
He said under the John Mahana regime, there was equity in the country where District Hospitals were allocated in each of the then ten regions.
He reminded the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government of its 2016 campaign promise to “upgrade all existing District Hospitals where they exist and new one where they have none.”
Dr Sandaare noted that, “the best indication of how well a country economy is performing is not about economic growth rate, is not about GDP, is not about a single digit inflation at 7.6%, but how healthy the people are.”
“The reality is that many more Ghanaians are dying under this Nana Akufo Addo administration than under the previous administration,” he said, adding that, the Ministry of Health Holistic Assessment Report has revealed that in 2016, 22.8 % out 1000 and in 2017, 23.6 % out of 1000 patients or persons died.
This, the lawmaker said if the fundamentals of the economy are that strong as claimed by the government, why there are so many personsare dying under the new patriotic party.
He argued that the government financial policy does not demonstrate enough political will to offer solution to the pressing health problems in the country, especially the rising burden of non communicational disease and infectious disease.
The MP noted that, the funding gap for Mental Health Services as well as the lack Legislative Instrument and non availability of Medicine and other logistics in health facilities and warned of the return of Cash and Carry in the health facilities if care is not taken.
He also blasted the government for doing little to increase the professional health personnel to provide adequate healthcare services to Ghanaians.
The Dafiama/Bussie/Issa MP said, left to him the 2020 budget should not approve, because it lacks equity and have the potential of widen gap between the rich and the poor in the country now and beyond.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba