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22.11.2005 Health

Ministry of Health to hold national forum

By GNA
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Accra, Nov. 22, GNA - The Ministry of Health would hold a three-day forum on health to sensitise the public on the need to promote preventive health care.

The forum, which opens on Wednesday, is also to create awareness of the multi-sectoral nature of health; initiate a process for the development of a new health policy and demonstrate the impact of health on wealth creation.

A press statement from the Ministry on Tuesday said the forum would discuss a paradigm shift in health policy development with emphasis on promotional and preventive health.

Those to participate would include representatives from several ministries, traditional rulers, religious bodies, development partners and traditional medicine practitioners.

He statement said the forum had become necessary because a comprehensive health care system in any nation should have a promotional, preventive and curative system that was multi-sectoral in nature.

"This means that the attainment of good health and vitality are dependent on effective collaboration among ministries, departments and agencies whose activities and responsibilities have an impact on the health of the people," it said.

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