North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto, charges for a ban on public officials restricting them from seeking medical care abroad.
This push stems from the avoidable death of a 7-year-old boy in his constituency due to no hospital beds.
Okudzeto believes that when public officials are forced to seek medical care in Ghana, they will be motivated to improve the health infrastructure and capacity of the country.
At the induction ceremony organized by the Accra Ubuntu Lions Club on Saturday, Okudzeto-Ablakwa said the no bed syndrome coupled with the abandonment of several health projects is the genesis of Ghana’s health woes.
“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?” he asked during an
“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,” he bemoaned.