GE Medical Care Arm Launches Initiative to Advance Universal Health Coverage in Ghana

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GE Healthcare, the $19.8 billion healthcare business of multinational conglomerate, GE, has announced plans to help boost medical care development in Ghana

The organisation recently kicked-off a two-day ‘Healthcare Dialogues’ event in the West African nation, bringing together public and private sectors’ industry stakeholders including policy makers, healthcare professionals, decision makers, academia, investors and financing institutions to drive conversations around innovative sustainable healthcare solutions to help progress Ghana’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Under the theme ‘Elevating Healthcare through Collaborations’, key topics discussed included Structuring Innovative Healthcare Financing Solutions; Ghana’s Vision for UHC; the Future of Radiology with Artificial Intelligence (AI); Healthcare Technology Innovations, among other topics.

A key highlight of the event was the unveiling of GE Healthcare’s new budget-conscious ultrasound system, the Versana Essential, a device that can be used by obstetricians and gynecologists, family and general practice physicians, and clinicians in a number of other specialties, making healthcare accessible to promote maternal healthcare in Ghana.

It also comes with local product and clinical training backed with GE’s solid after-sales service to help healthcare professionals gain comfort and proficiency with the system to enhance patient care.

“Promoting health for all is key in accelerating Ghana’s vision for Universal Health Coverage,” said Eyong Ebai, General Manager for GE Healthcare West Central Africa & French Sub-Sahara Africa.

“Through collaborations, continuous investment in sustainable healthcare solutions and capacity building, GE Healthcare will continue driving access to quality and affordable healthcare in the region,” Ebai explained.

Ghana has been recognized for its commitment to address barriers to health care services and attainment of UHC by 2030 by providing formal support to its vulnerable population through its National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In 2018, NHIS had increased to about 11 million people from the 1.3 million memberships at inception in 2005, representing 38% of Ghana’s population. In addition, the healthcare system engages over 4,000 public and private providers and accounts for about 85% of its internally-generated fund.

“We are proud to host the GE Healthcare Dialogues in Ghana and provide a platform for the industry stakeholders to advance the country’s healthcare agenda. This is a testament of our role as a global leader with local presence, to drive better outcomes for people in the markets in which we operate,” said Sulemana Abubakar, CEO of GE Ghana.

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