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President Akufo-Addo unveils plan to include mental health treatment in NHIS

December 14, 2023
President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa has announced a significant development in Ghana's healthcare system, revealing plans to incorporate treatment into the (NHIS).

This move aims to prioritize mental health as a crucial aspect of overall well-being.

Addressing a gathering of physicians and surgeons in , President Akufo-Addo emphasized the need for collective efforts to address mental health concerns.

He highlighted the importance of specialists in achieving the goal of universal health coverage across all hospitals in the country.

“Next year, mental healthcare will be added to the benefits package on the Scheme. We recognize, however, that the key to achieving the target of universal health coverage is the availability of specialists to serve in all hospitals in the country. It is about time we begin to set our targets higher,” the President stated.

President Akufo-Addo urged a collaborative approach among various health professional bodies in Ghana to ensure the success of the universal health coverage initiative.

“These targets, which are being achieved by the developed world where doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals migrate to, can be achieved by Ghana. The Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Ghana Medical and Dental Council, the , and the must work together to ensure that we also achieve this target.”

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