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By Emelia B. Addae, GNA


Senchi (E/R) Feb 02, GNA – The World Health Organisation (WHO), Ghana as part of efforts to promote good health amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has embarked on high-level leadership competencies’ programme for directors of health service institutions and agencies.

The training is being carried out in collaboration with Ghana’s Ministry of Health to ensure effective preparedness, response and recovery actions of health management agencies.

The four-day training is dubbed, Pathway to Leadership for Health Transformation (PLHT), which target Directors and Deputy Directors, who form cohort two of the programme.

The agencies are Food and Drugs Authority, National Health Insurance Authority, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ghana Association of Quasi Health Institutions and the rest.

Addressing some 30 participants at the opening session at Senchi in the Eastern Region, Dr Francis Chisaka Kasolo, WHO Representative to Ghana, said leadership was important in driving a change in the health system, and thus must be strengthened.

He said participants forming the cohort would be equipped with good approaches in addressing the different complexities in the health care delivery system. 

The workshop would also ensure participants led their teams in producing good results in the areas of reducing child mortality and maternal death among others to complement the Universal Health Coverage road map Ghana had developed.

Ghana’s road map towards Universal Health Coverage implies all people living in the country should have timely access to high-quality health services irrespective of their ability to pay at the point of use.

Some road maps that had been developed by the Ghana government include Community Health Planning Services (CHPS) business plan and National Health Insurance Scheme.

The participants were taken through topics like the foundation of PLHT, my leadership journey, the Ministry of Health’s work in Ghana, and peer coaching on organisational change.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, who joined the meeting virtually said PLHT was a four-month programme that aimed at providing participants with a dynamic and valuable learning experience.

She said WHO plans were to continue educational activities for people involved in health management to help them to stay competitive and have advantage in a demanding and quickly evolving environment.

Madam Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah, Deputy Minister of Health, commended WHO and its Regional Office for Africa for giving Ghana another opportunity to strengthen its health sector leadership for improved health outcomes.

She expressed optimism that as participants went through the programme, they would be equipped with new ideas, new ways of working and empowering to unlock the potentials in health workers.

The Pathway to Leadership for Health Transformation programme is a WHO Africa Region’s initiative, implemented in the Member States with Ghana being the first beneficiary.


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