Ban public officials from seeking medical treatment abroad - Ablakwa
The MP says pressure needs to be mounted on public officials to fix the broken health system
NDC MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has suggested banning public officials from seeking medical care abroad, in order to quicken processes to fix Ghana’s broken healthcare system.
The MP has thus called for a policy that would stop members of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary from travelling abroad for medical care.
“There is the need to implement a policy of ‘No medical treatment abroad’ for members of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary with immediate effect,” he said at an induction ceremony organized by the Accra Ubuntu Lions Club as quoted by Citinewsroom.
“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.”
His comments come after the tragic death of 13-year-old Michael Kofi Kekeli Asiamah at the Korle Bu Teaching due to complications after a brain tumor surgery.
Last week, another 12-year-old met his untimely death due to difficulty in transferring him to a tertiary hospital, despite the intervention of two sitting MPs.
Mr. Ablakwa believes the country has no excuse for some of the challenges in hospital, especially when it comes to the lack of beds to accommodate patients.