The Ministry of Health in partnership with Denmark-based pharmaceutical firm, Novo Nordisk, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, under the iCARE initiative for Ghana, which is the latest of intervention plan by Novo Nordisk in Africa under the global defeat diabetes campign.
The agreement seeks to accelerate access to treatment for patients living with diabetes in Africa especially Ghana in a sustainable manner by leveraging four key areas such as, capacity, affordability, reach and empowerment by ensuring more patients will be treated to defeat diabetes in the country and Middle Africa.
The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu signed for Ghana and the Business Unit Head, English West Africa Novo Nordisk, Jude Abonu, appended his signature for Novo Nordisk.
The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, said the collaboration was in line with the government’s effort to promote private-public participation in order to bridge the gap in the growing health needs of Ghanaians.
He stated that the initiative seeks to work to improve conditions for care for people with diabetes.
“In the past seven years, through the Ghana Health Service, we have collaborated with Novo Nordisk to set up six Diabetes Support Centers,” he said.
The Minister stated that it is the plan of the Ministry to institutionalize the intervensions into the general framework for management treatment of diabetes in order to reduce complications associated with diabetes, fortunate trainig of healthcare professionals and to create accessibility to quality drugs and diagnostic equipment in addition to focusing in patient education and awareness creation about diabetes.
Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu announced that diabetes are fully covered under the National Health Insurance Scheme by providing comfort especially for lower-income patients do afford treatment.
In her remarks, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Danish Embassy in Ghana, Birgit La Cour Madsen, said it is very encouraging do see commitment of the health authorities to collaborate with the private sector in improving diabetes care and education for the people of Ghana.
She noted that Ghana and Denmark share longstanding and well established diplomatic relations with successful development cooperation in the health sector covering all the 16 region of Ghana and a wide range of areas such as support to construction of health clinics in rural areas among others.
Madam Birgit La Cour Madsen pointed out that the Ghanaian health system, like many others around the world is challenges by having do cope with both traditional health problems such as maternal mortality, child vaccinations, malaria among others.
The Corporate Vice President, Business Area Middle East, Africa and CIS Novo Nordisk, Emil Larsen, described the global defeat diabetes strategy as one that had evolved over time to meet current challenges in the society.
He said the Insulin for Seniors programme had a similar objective to provide holistic diabetes care and safeguard insulin access for seniors from the age of 60, working with 21 hospitals to reach 2000 elderly people living with diabetes in a period of 3 years.
By: Paul Mamattah