Parliament vets Two Ministerial Nominees
The Appointment Committee of Parliament yesterday vetted two ministerial nominees appointed by the President to steer the affairs of his government. These include the Minister designate for Health, Dr. Benjamin Kumbour and Minister of state at the office of the President, Mr. Joseph Nii Laryea-Afotey-Agbo.
The Minister for Health Designate, Dr. Benjamin Kumbour described the health ministry as a sector crucial to the nation’s development in terms of providing the needed infrastructure that will unravel the health problems of the people.
He explained that as a deputy minister he has vigorously studied the ministry and he will provide leadership which facilitates development of the health sector in enhancing productivity.
Dr. Kumbour said one of his major priorities is to ensure that the health pillars under the Millennium Development Goals are achieved, by providing requisite facilities especially in rural communities.
He revealed that his tour around the country has brought his attention to the serious problems of the nation’s health systems and the need to boldly pursue policies to confront the problem.
On the National Health National Insurance Scheme(NHIS), the Minister Designate affirmed that the one time payment in the National Dempcratic Congress (NDC) manifesto is feasible and the government is studying a technical report the will facilitate its implementation.
He said the problem bedeviling the scheme is the payment of the premium to the health providers and the ministry in collaboration with NHIS is finding ways to deal with the problem. On malaria prevention, Dr. Kumbour said the government is embarking on a nationwide education and advocacy to increase utilisation of the insecticide treated nets.
He added that the current research activities into the cryptolepis plant is been speed up to provide an effective cure for malaria treatment. The Minister designate at the office of the President, Mr. Joseph Nii Laryea-Afotey-Agbo emphasised that his vision is to also contribute meaningful to policies and programmes of the government to ensure that the aspirations of the people are met.
On the issue of land and forestry, he reiterated that there is the need to protect the nations forest resource, develop and protect it from distraction. Mr. Afotey-Agbo described the operations of land guards as criminal practice and said the security personnel should see it as threat to national security.