Civil Society organisation, SEND Ghana has called on government to appropriate enough funding for the health ministry in the 2022 budget for the establishment of Ghana’s Centre for Disease Control (CDC).
Ghana’s health sector has no doubt in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic been exposed for the lack of infrastructure among other things.
With government committing to building more health facilities in the country to bridge the gap, there is a plan to establish the Ghana Centre for Disease Control.
During a SEND Ghana engagement with the media on Thursday in Accra dubbed "A Sectoral Budget Forum on the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy", the advocacy group called on government to make funds available for the establishment of the CDC.
“The government should consider epidemic preparedness and response funding in the appropriation of funds within the health ministry budget allocation.
“A proportion of the COVID 19 levy should be appropriated for the establishment of a public health emergency and response fund as recommended in the National Action Plan for Health Security,” this is contained in SEND Ghana’s analysis of the 2022 budget statement and economic policy issued to the media.
In addition to asking government to take steps to execute the health sector budget as planned, SEND Ghana also wants government to improve the capital expenditure and goods and services budget executions rate to ensure agenda 111 is completed within the planned 18 months period.
Government is also encouraged to minimize the dependence on Development Partners for Health Infrastructure Development.