Commonwealth Medical Association wants member countries allocate sufficient funds for good health delivery

Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso, Secretary of the Commonwealth Medical Association has called on member countries to allocate sufficient funds towards the development of health infrastructure to eradicate preventable diseases.

He said it was regrettable that many member countries were still struggling with diseases such as Polio so many years after the disease had been eradicated in some of the world’s advanced and developing countries.

Dr Owusu-Danso was speaking to Ghanaian Journalists after attending  a meeting of health professionals, which formed part of the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) in the Western Australian city of Perth.

The Meeting which was under the theme: Building National Resilience, Building Global Resilience” attracted 54 member countries serving in various committees of the conference.

Dr Owusu-Danso said Commonwealth Medical Association had equally advised member countries to adopt measures that would retain Doctors and other Paramedical staff of their various countries by investing massively in infrastructure and their welfare.

He regretted that many developing countries belonging to the Commonwealth were still battling with communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes and appealed to them to invest on the acquisition of effective diagnostic equipment that could help detect early enough, the outbreak of diseases among their people.

The CMA Secretary said the investment of member countries on health facilities would also accelerate their efforts at achieving their Millennium Development Goals on health, poverty, sanitation and water.

He said the vibrancy of the Association was soaring up as the years rolled on, adding ‘this particular meeting and its recommendations would give us the opportunity to advise government on some of the pertinent issues that can help our health development.”

Source: GNA

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