Hon. Okudzeto-Ablakwa proposes that all government officials should be banned from travelling abroad for medical care
The painful death of a 7-year-old boy in his constituency due to our poor and continuous deteriorating health system has angered Hon Okudzeto-Ablakwa to arrive at the conclusion that all government officials should be banned from travelling abroad to seek for medical care.
As put forward by the MP for North Tongu Constituency, government officials would have no other option than to improve the health infrastructure and capacity of the country if they are banned from travelling abroad to seek for medical attention.
He made this submission whiles delivering a speech at the induction ceremony organized by the Accra Ubuntu Lions Club.
In his own words;
With the continuous no bed syndrome, why are there so many abandoned hospital projects all over the country? And why are others like the UGMC being under-utilized? If that 12-year-old boy was my child or that of Sam George, was that the kind of care he would have been accorded when it was clear he needed to be referred?
Why can’t we have a health system that works for all regardless of status, size of the pocket, who you know or who knows you? This cannot be normal and we cannot accept this. The challenges in our broken healthcare system must not be allowed to fester. Some of the challenges are so basic that we have absolutely no excuse.
There is the need to implement a policy of ‘No medical treatment abroad’ for members of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary with immediate effect. This appears to me to be the best way to address the numerous challenges in the health sector. This will force us to get things right and do right to avoid the needless death of the 12-year-old boy which continues to traumatize me