The Japanese government donated 26 double-cabin pick-ups to the Ministry of Health (MoH) to enhance health delivery in the three northern regions Ghana.

The package also included 1,500 sets of home visit kits, which included backpacks, rain coats, reflectors, torches and power banks.

The vehicles and equipment will help improve service delivery, supervision, monitoring and evaluation at Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds in the three regions.

The gift was part a poverty reduction strategy initiative for which a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Ghana and Japan earlier this year.

Minister of Health Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu expressed appreciation to the government and the people of Japan for their support for Ghana’s health sector over the years. Mr. Agyeman-Manu said the vehicles and equipment will strengthen the ministries aspiration to achieve universal healthcare coverage for Ghana.

Japanese Ambassador to Ghana Mr. Tsutomu Himeno said the people of Japan were committed to supporting Ghana in its socio-economic development. Ambassador Himeno identified the Ghana government’s efforts to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) as the reason for the support.

He said JICA was dedicated to ensuring a better world where there is equitable access to basic social services for all. It was in this regard that JICA has collaborated with Ghana’s Health Ministry and its agencies to expand basic health services to deprived regions.

Credits: | Doreen Andoh