9 Aug 2018

Public Sector Salaries To Be Reviewed

Akufo Addo Addressing Crowd
President Nana Akufo-Addo addressing the gathering
President Akufo-Addo addressing the gathering
Government is to embark on a systematic review of the salary structure of all public sector workers.

This is contained in the new National Public Sector Reform Strategy which was outdoored by President Akufo-Addo in Accra yesterday.

Speaking at the function, he stressed that “modernized and improved working conditions are keys to increasing productivity in the public service.”

To this end, the President disclosed that “there is going to be a systematic review of public sector compensation in its entirety, with the institution of a suitable performance-based reward system to help guarantee increased productivity.”

The review, according to him, “will pursue opportunities for upgrading office space, and provide the necessary tools and equipment to improve the work environment within the Service.”

He indicated that “a central assets and inventory check system to take stock of all physical assets in the public service will be established” while “a culture of maintenance of public assets and property must be revived and adhered to.”

Other areas of concern in government’s pursuance of these reforms in the public sector would be in the area of strengthening local government structures and digitization of public sector services and systems.

The President explained that “the intention is to bring governance closer to the people, and identify local economic development initiatives to provide opportunities for job and wealth creation at the local level.”

“It would also focus on high level activities aimed at transforming and mainstreaming ICT in government agencies. Apart from this, it would ensure the establishment of an electronic records management system for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and the MMDAs. Ultimately, the public sector will go paperless, and reduce drastically the interface that currently exists between citizens and public servants in the provision of services”, he elaborated.

The reform strategy, he assured, would not suffer the same fate as past ones because “matters relating to policy formulation and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and accountability, have been well factored into this strategy to ensure its smooth take off.”

Under the day-to-day supervision of the Senior Minister and with government ensuring the availability of resources for the implementation of this reform strategy, the President said “I am confident that the National Public Sector Reform Strategy will be a great success.”

He has therefore urged members of the public service to embrace the reforms, since he believed that they represent effective means for the creation of a public service that would deliver for the citizenry and the private sector.

“An efficient public service will help realise our vision of a self-reliant, prosperous Ghana. It should serve as the impetus for re-shaping our country and charting a new path of growth and development in freedom, which will help deliver a dignified, prosperous standard of life to the Ghanaian people,” he concluded.

Source: Daily Guide

President Launches Strategy To Improve Public Sector Performance

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Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, president of Ghana
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has launched the new National Public Sector Reform Strategy (NPSRS), to improve the performance – responsiveness, and quality of service delivery by the sector.

The NPSRS, to run from 2018 through to 2023, would review and modernize the current structures, systems, processes and internal management functions of the sector, to enable it to support government’s development priorities.

President Akufo-Addo said although the public service bequeathed to Ghana after independence had contributed its quota to the nation’s development, Ghanaians, in recent years, had been dissatisfied with the quality of service.

“Whether it is about absenteeism or lateness, incompetence or corruption, the public sector is, today, unhappily, not seen in good light.” He spoke of various reforms undertaken by successive governments to change things and said the requisite level of performance of the sector had still not been attained.

That was why, he said, his administration had begun the process to create “a new public service that is fit-for-purpose, which will help guarantee the delivery of high-quality services for the Ghanaian people and the private sector”.

President Akufo-Addo said a major goal of the reform was to strengthen the human resource capacity of the public sector to improve its delivery. To this end, public sector training institutions would be resourced to help develop the skills and knowledge needed to efficiently deliver.




“The process will also enhance the ethical foundation of the public sector and, in addition, introduce change management initiatives to deal with apathy, resistance, and reform fatigue, which have been the bane of previous attempts at reform,” he added.

He noted that improved working conditions was key to increasing productivity in the public service and said there was going to be a systematic review of public sector compensation in its entirety — the institution of a suitable performance-based reward system to help guarantee increased productivity.

“The review will pursue opportunities for upgrading office space and provide the necessary tools and equipment to improve the work environment within the Service.

Additionally, a central asset and inventory check system to take stock of all physical assets in the public service will be established. Furthermore, a culture of maintenance of public assets and property must be revived and adhered to.”

President Akufo-Addo said attention would be focused on strengthening local government structures and digitization of public sector services and systems.

With the mainstreaming of ICT in government agencies, the public sector would go paperless to reduce drastically the interface that currently existed between citizens and public servants in the provision of services.

He vowed to ensure that the reform strategy did not suffer the same fate as the previous ones, saying “matters relating to policy formulation and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and accountability, have been well factored into this strategy to ensure its smooth take off”.

He urged members of the public service to embrace the reforms, as they l represented an effective means for the creation of a public service that would deliver to the expectation of the people and the private sector.

“An efficient public service will help realize our vision of a self-reliant, prosperous Ghana. It should serve as the impetus for re-shaping our country and charting a new path of growth and development in freedom, which will help deliver a dignified, prosperous standard of life to the Ghanaian people.”

Source: GNA

8 Aug 2018

GHS To Distribute 1.2 Million Insecticide Treated Nets In Western Region

Mother and baby lying in a treated bednet

The Public Health Department of the Ghana Health Service would from August 8 to 14, this year, distribute 1.2 million treated mosquito nets to 3.8 million persons across the length and breadth of the Western Region.

In all, 91,600 households which have been issued with an identification card for the collection of the treated net would have access to this vital object for controlling malaria among communities, in order to reduce the health burden and create a healthier and prosperous society.

Mr. Daniel Aggudey, the regional Focal Person on Malaria, during a media brief on the mass distribution exercise, said 90 percent of households registered would receive the net. He, however, advised against the use of the net for fishing, fencing and other purposes that sought to negate the gains and strides being made by the Ghana Health Service and the development partners at reducing or eliminating malaria.

He noted that malaria continues to be one of the most severe public health problems in many countries including Ghana, and that about 3.2 billion people live in areas at high risk of malaria transmission.

Globally, 91 countries reported a total of 216 million cases of malaria, an increase of 5 million in the 2015 figures as stated in the WHO WM Report, 2017. The Focal Person said Africa continues to account for about 90 percent of all malaria cases and deaths worldwide with Plasmodium falciparum as the most prevalent malaria parasite in sub-Saharan Africa and accounts for 99 percent of estimated malaria cases in 2016, as stated in the WHO WM Report 2017.

In Ghana, malaria accounted for 22.7 percent of all admissions in 2017, as against 24.8 in 2016 (DHIMS2). Also, 3.9 percent of all suspected malaria cases were pregnant women in 2017 (DHIMS2) and amounted to 2.1 percent of all deaths with case fatality rate at 0.20% among children under 5 years.

Malaria is transmitted between humans and mosquitoes when an infected mosquito bites a human or when an infected human is bitten by a mosquito; however, mosquitoes cannot infect humans immediately after contracting the parasite, which has a complex life cycle. Mr. Aggudey said malaria, be it the complicated or severe form, affects both the health and wealth of individuals and nations alike and is sometimes believed to be the cause of poverty since it has measurable direct and indirect costs, impeding economic development.

He pointed that the strategic goal of the service was to protect at least 80 percent of the population with effective malaria prevention interventions by 2020 and provide a parasitological diagnosis to all suspected malaria cases with effective treatment to 100 percent of confirmed malaria cases by 2020.

Mr. Aggudey said since 2003, efforts to promote ownership and use of Long Lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (LLINs) had been made and several approaches tried. The Point Mass Distribution (PMD) was a revised campaign strategy by the GHS and partners to get LLINs to households using the universal coverage principle of one net for two persons in a household.