Weak supply chain management systems threatening health-related SDGs – GHS

By D.I. Laary, GNA

Wa, Oct. 26, GNA – Weak and inefficient supply
chain management systems pose critical challenge to reaching the health-related
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says Dr Abudulai Abubari, the Acting
Upper West Regional Director of Ghana Health Service.

He underscored the fundamental role of health
service supply chain professionals in advancing healthcare in the country, but
cautioned that due to weaknesses of the system Ghana might miss health-related
goals under the SDGs.

“This is because the service delivery
component of any health system performance cannot be adequately assessed or
monitored where the requisite logistics such as medicines and non-medicines are
not available in their right quantities, at the right time and at the right
service delivery points,” he said.

Dr Abubakari was addressing members of the
Health Service Supply Chain Practitioners Association, Ghana (HESSCPAG), at the
opening of their 11th Annual General Meeting and Continuous Professional
Development programme in Wa.

 He
called for the need to support members of the Association to deliver on their
mandate to improve health outcomes, since they were directly involved in
ensuring that logistics were available at various service delivery points.

The conference was on the theme: “Sustaining
the gains of public health supply chain reforms in Ghana: Framework
contracting, last mile distribution, logistics management information systems
and warehouse optimisation”.

Dr Abubakari expressed worry over acute human
resource gap in the health sector in the Upper West Region and appealed to
health professionals to accept postings to the area.

He said the Region currently has only 14
supply chain practitioners managing 11 district health directorates, eight
hospitals and four polyclinics.

The Upper West Regional Minister Alhaji
Sulemana Alhassan in a speech read on his behalf, said government was committed
to making the health sector more active and vibrant to deliver quality
services.

“The health system…is critical for national
development, hence the vision of government is to see that the right to health
of all Ghanaians is guaranteed through an established health sector with
sustainable ability to deliver affordable, equitable and easy healthcare,” he
said.

He pledged commitment by government to address
disparities in the sector through policies on procurement to guarantee the
availability of effective drugs whilst ensuring drugs were used appropriately.

It would improve drug supply chain by
expanding and ensuring quality affordable drugs available.

GNA

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