Health News of 2014-02-25

Gov't releases Gh¢50m for the manufacturing of ARVs locally

Government says it has released the sum of Gh¢50 million to local pharmaceutical companies to produce Anti-Retroviral Drugs (ARVs) locally.

President John Mahama, earlier this month at a high-level meeting of the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission in London made a strong case for African nations and the developing world to be supported to produce the drugs locally to improve access to ARVs by persons living with HIV/AIDs.

Delivering his second State of the Nation Address to Parliament Tuesday, February 25, President Mahama stated, the move constitutes one of the major approaches government is taking towards reducing the HIV/AIDS infection rate among the population and to save many more lives.

The president however stressed that the best form of influencing attitudinal change among the sexually active population is awareness creation through education, which he said government was committed to continuing with.

He also announced plans to construct 1,600 Community-based Health Planning Services (CHIPS) compounds across the country by 2016, as part of efforts by government to improve basic health care in rural areas and peri-urban towns.

According to him, "...government is committed to pursuing the vision of bringing quality healthcare to the doorstep of people...irrespective of their geographical location."

President Mahama reaffirmed that the voluntary 10% pay cuts by himself and his appointees, will be channeled into the construction of more CHIPS compounds to reduce maternal and infant mortalities because: "Healthy people make a healthy nation".