July 17, 2023

The Second Deputy Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Andrew Asiamah Amoako has pledged his commitment to support Ghana’s Parliamentary caucus in the fight against tuberculosis, when he re-launched as part of revitalizing the TB caucus in Ghana’s legislature as a way of strengthening advocacy and communication.

He thanked the ‘Stop TB partnership Ghana’ and all the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and individuals, working  in collaboration with the National TB Control program as the parliamentary TB caucus is expected to champion the affairs of TB on the floor of parliament and to advocate for increased resource allocation to support the fight against TB in Ghana.

According to him the Health Committee has the capacity to ensure this happens in the next budget for 2024.

 The strategic inclusion of the Health Committee in the TB caucus of parliament will surely assist put the fight against the TB at a higher political level and commit the country to achieving the various target we have to attain, he stated.

He charged the leadership of the committee to ensure H. E President Nana Akufo-Addo attends this year’s United Nations High Level Meeting on TB; and that civil society, TB caucus and the TB program are all represented in the Ghanaian delegation to the meeting in September.

After the meeting in New York, they will indeed need all hands on deck to ensure they become accountable to themselves, by ensuring we convert declarations to commitment at country level in order to overcome the disease.

The second deputy speaker noted that he is aware of the challenges of co-financing with the Global funds which could cut funding for the health sector if nothing is done and the impending possible shortages of health commodities  for the control  of TB and HV especially.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com