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15.10.2008 Health

Improved service conditions for health workers

By The Statesman

The vice presidential candidate for the NPP, Mahamudu Bawumia has visited the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi as part of his campaign tour to the Ashanti region.

Dr Bawumia was taken round the maternity and children's wards by the Chief Executive Officer of the KATH, Anthony Nsiah and the Director of the hospital, Peter Eric Karikari where he interacted with some patients, nurses and health service workers.

Addressing patients and health workers, Dr. Bawumia said, he was pleased with the infrastructural development at the hospital and promised that the NPP government has the interest of the hospital at heart and that more developmental projects were underway to raise the hospital to an international standard.

According to Dr. Bawumia, he was happy about the achievements of the Kufuor administration which had brought about tremendous improvement in the health sector in ensuring access to quality health care delivery and the elimination of the cash-and-carry system.

 It is in this direction that the NPP government has introduced the NHIS which is currently being accessed by over 11 million Ghanaians nationwide.

Dr. Bawumia also promised an improvement in the conditions of service for nurses and all other health workers in the coming years if the NPP is voted into power again.

He also used the occasion to officially announce the construction of a $75 million ultra modern accident centre with a helicopter path.

"The NPP government believes in doing big things because if you think small you will only do small things, but if you think big, you will do big things, Insha Allah', he added.

Dr. Bawumia said the NPP government has demonstrated that it has all the experts to manage this country more than any other political party has and will ever do and this he said was evident in the increase in per capita income from $270 in 2001 when the NPP took over from the NDC to $770 today.

Interest rates and inflation has reduced drastically following good strategies, plans and policies introduced by the NPP government, while both micro and macro economic indicators are now favourable, an indication that the economy was attractive to business.

He also promised an increased in the current per capita income to $1000 by the end of 2012 compared to the vision of the NDC in achieving this in 2020.

Other officials who accompanied him on the tour include the Director of Administration, KATH, Offei Gyimah, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Osei Asibey Antwi, KMA boss Patricia Appiagyei, MP for Bantama, Cecelia Abena Dapaah and the Chairman of the NPP campaign team and Minister of Defense, Albert Kan Dapaah.

 

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