Eight Mobile Specialist Clinics and 10 Biometric Maintenance Vans have been inaugurated in the country by the government.
The clinics, two each for Ear and Nose, Eye, Dental and General Medicine will start operations from next month and will cover all the country.
They will move from one region to the other caring for the sick and will stay at a place for a month or more before moving to another region.
In a speech read on her behalf to launch the mobile clinics, the First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, said that the intention of incorporating fully equipped mobile clinics into Ghana’s healthcare delivery system was to elevate and advance the capabilities of the existing outreach programme.
She indicated that the vans would take healthcare delivery onto the doorsteps of the people, expecially those in the remotest areas.
The First Lady said the mobile clinics formed part of the National Medical Equipment replacement Project, which seeks to replace obsolete equipment at the government hospitals, among others.
She said an important responsibility which people in positions of national leadership must never lose sight of was the empowerment of even the most vulnerable of the citizenry, whose daily difficulties and challenges should never be ignored.
Mrs Mahama said what “we become as a nation was dependent upon our capacity to do this”.
She said in the unique Ghanaian setting, fellow-feeling, hospitality and care for the extended family make Ghana unique in a world of keen competition and where the poorest in society are exposed to the harsh realities of the times.
According to the First Lady, empowering the poorest in society means creating the necessary environment, circumstances and giving them the opportunity to take hold of their own destiny.
She indicated that access to rural healthcare services encompassed several elements including property acquisition and management, staffing, housing, adequate technology and other numerous variables as well as overhead costs.
For her part, the Minister of Health, Ms Sherry Ayittey, commended the suppliers Belstar Development Corporation and the manufacturers Odulair LLC, both from the United States, for the detailed planning and modelling of these specialists equipment, which came with their own complete power supply system.
She expressed her appreciation to the US government, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Dueche Bank of New York for the splendid outcome of their partnership with the government for the benefit of Ghanaians.
Story: Mary Mensah