The Minister of Health, Mr. Alex Segbefia, has tasked the Teaching Hospitals to devise ways of mobilizing resources to complement government’s efforts in the operations of these hospitals.
As a lower-middle income country, resources that were hitherto provided by our development partners for the health sector have dried-up.
Mr. Segbefia said this at the inauguration of a nine-member Board of Trustees who are tasked to mobilise and manage the resources of the Hospital Trust Fund. The Trust Fund was launched in March this year.
The Trust Fund is an investible fund that will provide resources to support needy patients as well as provide equipment and infrastructure, all aimed at improving the patient’s experience. The Fund is to complement government’s effort so that we can bring patient care to the desirable level.
The Board of Trustees is made up of Justice Senyo Dzamefe, a Justice of the Court of Appeal; Nana Obokomatta IX , the Amankorahene of Gomoa Akyimpim Traditional Council; Mr. Thomas Svanikier, Chairman of Global Strategic Ventures Ltd; Nii Nikoi Amasa, Corporate Monitoring Manager, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority; and Ms. Rebecca Okai, a Procurement Consultant.
The rest are Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies; Hon. Dr. Seth Adjei Baah, Managing Director of Shaaba Enterprises Limited; Mr. Larry Addo, Managing Director of Relish; and Dr. Gilbert Buckle, CEO of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
After swearing them into office, the Minister urged them to guide their operations with the principles of honesty, transparency and accountability.
A representative of the Board of Trustees, Mr Lawrance Addo, thanked the hospital board and management for the confidence reposed in them by their selection. He promised the Hospital that the trustees will do their best to ensure the sustainability of the fund.
The Board Chairman of KBTH, Prof. Anthony Sallar, entreated the Board of Trustees to conduct all year-round fundraising for the Trust Fund. He advised them to be accountable to the public.