President Mahama at his 4th State of the Nation (SOTN) Address on Thursday at the Parliament, ran through the achievements actualized by his administration. One of the areas he dwelt on was that of Health Care.
On this, the president said that the country’s life expectancy has been increased by 14 years over the 40 years at independence.
Our life expectancy was a little over 40 years at independence. Today, life expectancy has increased by more than 14 years. This increase is due to advances in medicine, improvements in health infrastructure and the improved number of health personnel.” he said
He also threw light on the improvement in child health care, running through the percentage at which child mortality has reduced over the years. Mahama said that under five mortality rate has decreased from 111 to 60 per thousand live births .
Not only are we living longer in our adult years, more infants are living to see those years. According to the Ghana Demographic and health survey, there has been a drastic fall in the rate of infant and under-five mortality. Over the last decade, under-five mortality decreased from 111 to 60 per thousand live births. Infant mortality dropped by almost 305 from 64 to 41 per thousand live births. The mothers of these children are also surviving during pregnancy and child birth because antenatal and post-natal care has improved,” he continued.
Mahama also said that more efforts would be put in the health sector. According to him, his administration is set to invest massively in health programmes to enlighten the public on communicable diseases.
Also at the SOTN address, President Mahama expressed his concerns on some challenges faced by the health sector, and added that steps are being taken to fine tune the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
He also appreciated the increase in the number of citizens whom have subscribed to the NHIS, and hoped for more improvements.
2015 saw an active NHIS membership of 11.2 million people and that is 41% of our population. Out-patient utilization of the NHIS rose to 29.6 million in 2014, from 597,000 in 2005. For us this undeniable pattern of increased utilization of healthcare insurance bears ample testimony to the confidence that our people continue to have both in the scheme and in the health system,” he added.