Launch of the national health promotion strategy


Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu

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Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister of Health, launched the National Health Promotion Strategy 2022-2026 to help monitor integrated health services in the country.

The five-year strategy contains the opportunities and strategies to further improve health promotion in Ghana, through a comprehensive approach that leverages efforts and resources to sustain impact.

It also aims to improve the quality of health promotion services at all levels, improve the health of communities in Ghana, and increase collaboration and partnerships for health service delivery.

The Minister launched the National Health Promotion Strategy at the second Ghana Health Service (GHS) Senior Staff Meeting on Wednesday in Accra.

He said this is a major step to ensure that Ghana has a roadmap to achieve the integration of demand generation, behavior change and health service delivery. .

“The capacity and leadership of the Ghana Health Service to coordinate the development of this meeting and the launch of the National Health Promotion Strategy is a major step in ensuring that we have a roadmap to achieve the integration of demand generation, behavior change and health service delivery,” he said.

Mr. Agyeman-Manu said these essentials, when effectively planned and implemented, will lead to measurable improvements in key health indicators and a healthier society.

The theme of the second senior management meeting was “Promoting Health Care Planning for Healthy Living: Where Health Systems Meet Healthy Behaviors”.

The objective of the meeting was to take a renewed look at how the GHS and its managers could match their performance so far with proactive health planning to meet the health care needs of Ghanaians.

It will also create synergy and improve health seeking behaviors and protect the health of families and communities.

The Minister commended the Regional Directors for their contributions in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and reiterated that the leadership of the Ghana Health Service would always ensure that “the life and health of our fellow citizens are between good hands”.

He, however, said COVID-19 was still in the country and vaccination exercises needed to be accelerated to protect the lives of Ghanaians.

Reaffirm your commitment as directors of health to improve the delivery of health care in the country, the minister urged senior officials.

Dr. Aboagye Dacosta, Director of the Health Promotion Division, in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Director of the Health Promotion Division, explained that the strategy was in five chapters.

“The strategy aims to build healthy public policy, create supportive environments, strengthen community action, build personal skills and reorient health services,” he said.

Chapter one gives an overview of the strategy, chapter two talks about the current status of health promotion, chapter three gives details of the proposed national strategies and action plan for health promotion, the chapter four is about key activities and chapter five is about monitoring, evaluation and learning. framework, he further explained.

Dr Dacosta said the strategy became necessary as it would help educate Ghanaians on how to stay healthy and support community initiatives that impacted health and well-being.

This would increase the capacity of Ghanaians to better control and improve their health, to involve the population in the context of their daily lives and to carry out activities that focus on health promotion and prevention of health problems rather than focusing on people at risk for specific diseases. , he said.

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