By Prosper Agbenyega/www.www.spyghana.com

Alban Kinsford Sumana Bagbin
Alban Kinsford Sumana Bagbin

The World Health Organization (WHO) is to help Ghana in revamping the pharmaceutical industry in the country to enable local pharmaceutical companies build on their capacity to produce essential drugs and vaccines.

It will also support the country to strengthen its health systems in general to improve quality health care delivery to the people.

This was disclosed by the new WHO Country Representative inGhana, Dr. Iddrissa Sow, during a courtesy call on the Minister of Health, Honourable Alban Bagbin, in his office last Wednesday, to officially introduce himself to him.

Dr. Iddrissa Sow, who arrived in the country on April 14 and resumed duty on April 16, 2012, takes over from Dr. Daniel Kertesz, who completed his duty tour and has since left the country.

Welcoming Dr. Iddrissa, the Minister of Health assured him of Government’s commitment to providing the necessary leadership and conditions for healthy partnership to attain the MDGs and the health sector’s vision “to create a healthy population for national development”.

Continuing, Hon. Alban Bagbin gave highlights of his vision of the current focus of the health sector. These include the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), preventive health, promotional health and emergency care systems.

He said to achieve  the MDGs, the Ministry is now going beyond strategy to action and  therefore  called for all hands on deck  especially development partners led by the WHO.

The Minister noted that it is only by this collaborative effort and team work that the health sector could contribute its quota to the success of the government’s Better Ghana Agenda.

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