Mahama govt’s GHC 100m debt hurting health sector – Minister

    /    Jul 13, 2017   /     Health, NewsBreak  /    0 Comments  /    231 Views

The Ministry of Health has said the huge debt left by the the John Mahma government is taking a toll on the sector.

According to the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, the Mahama government committed a debt of over GHC 100 million cedis which they are struggling to settle and concurrently run the sector.

“Those of us in the Ministry are working very closely with the Finance Minister to try to see how they can upscale some resources for us…The bottom line is that the previous government has committed debts not in the Ministry of Finance, just Ministry of Health…There is a debt overhang of close to about 134 million Ghana cedis as at the end of December 2016…The little goods and services that we got this year, we had to pay out of 53 million , 43 million to ensure that we pay for co funding to give us vaccines so that is the grim situation,” the Minister said.

He made these remarks on Wednesday after he met staff of the Pantang Psychiatric Hospital who were demonstrating over the encroachment of the Hospital’s land.

This is not the first time the Minister has spoken about the huge debt the Mahama government left.

He made similar comments a few weeks ago while commenting on the Chamber of Pharmacy Ghana’s threats to halt supply of drugs to health providers under the National Health Insurance Scheme due to outstanding debts.

Mr. Agyemang –Manu said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration had been forced to deal with the situation because the outgoing government failed to leave enough funds to settle these arrears.

The huge debt is affecting the health sector’s ability to deliver on its mandate. On Tuesday, it was revealed that government’s indebtedness to UNICEF, the international body that distributes vaccines globally had led to a shortage of vaccines in the country.

Government had to transfer about $10 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the procurement of polio and measles vaccines for the country, to save the situation.

Source: Citifmonline.com

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