Godwill Arthur-Mensah/Desmond Opoku Nyarko, GNA
Accra, Oct. 25, GNA – The Health Legends
Foundation Africa, a health-focused NGO, has called for the de-politicisation
of health issues in the country and underscored the need to prioritise
healthcare delivery to save lives.
The health sector over the years has witnessed
myriad of challenges such as health financing gaps, lack of ambulance, and
infrastructure, as well as the no-bed syndrome and qualified health
Mr Kwame Dzikunu, the Executive Director of
the Foundation, who made the call at the Seventh African Health Legendary
Awards in Accra, called for critical review of the health sector performance
and the need to adopt measurable indicators to reward outstanding performances
and innovations as a benchmark for others to emulate.
The Awards, attracted key players in the
health sector, aimed at recognising outstanding health institutions,
professionals and related agencies during the year under review.
The event organisers rewarded deserving
medical doctors and other health workers in recognition of their meritorious
service to humanity and excellent service to clients and patients.
Mr Dzikunu said the Awards sought to recognise
the efforts and contributions of individuals and institution that had impacted
the overall health delivery in the country and beyond.
It provided a suitable platform to highlight
innovation and use of best practices in the healthcare industry to foster a
sense of pride for personnel working in the health sector.
Nana Amampane Boateng Twum II, Paramount Chief
of Nyenehene in the Ashanti Region, who is the Patron of the Foundation, lauded
the award winners, saying healthcare delivery is indispensable in the lives of
He said there is the need for the continuous
education of health workers and to uphold standards comparable to international
Nana Boateng Twum asked the various regulatory
bodies to intensify monitoring of the activities of drugs peddlers and sanction
those breaching the law.
There were fraternal messages from key
stakeholders in the health sector including Food and Drugs Authority,
Traditional Medicine Council and International Maritime Hospital.
Dr Felix Kwaku Gamsesu of Holy Trinity was
adjudged the Best Health Chief Executive Officer of the Year and Dr Mac
Dzadosi, won the African Young Personality of the Year.