The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) has recommended that government gives a raise to its budgetary allocation to Healthcare from the paltry 3 percent to 10 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This clarion call was pronounced in an address delivered by the President of the GAMLS, Dr. Ignatius N.A Awinibuno, seek to create that fiscal space for the government to maximize investments in the healthcare sector.
He explained during their Annual National and Electoral Congress, held in Takoradi, that the current budgetary allocation for health which ranges between 3 and 4 percent of GDP falls below the WHO’s advisable threshold of 15 percent, and thus limits efforts made in ensuring adequate and quality health service for the people.
“GAMLS calls on the President of the nation and government to increase the healthcare expenditure as a percentage of GDP to at least 10 percent which is still below the WHO recommended target of 15 percent. Ghana is currently doing between 3 and 4 percent of healthcare investment as a percentage of GDP and I think we can do higher than that.
“We should ascribe to the WHO’s of 15 percent, and I think if the President should look at this healthcare budget allocation and improve it to about 10 percent, we can address a lot of our issues,” he clarified.
Commenting further on the theme for the Congress; “Building A self-reliant healthcare industry: Lessons from the COVID-19 era“, Dr. Awinibuno argued that the country requires an urgent policy reformation for the healthcare sector to address some critical issues in the sector.
He mentioned that considerable attention and investment ought to be given to capacity building and research, infrastructure, policy development and implementation, and among others.
“This requires the injection of more investment into human capital development, building adequate healthcare infrastructure and facilities, research, expansion of local manufacturing capacity, medical equipment and commodities, and adoption of responsive policies and regulations that address the local needs and meets global standards.”
He concluded that these issues are imperative given global trends and standards.