Ghana: President appoints new ministers of Health
President John Mahama has nominated a former Ashanti Regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, as Minister Designate for Health. He replaces Madam Hanny-Sherry Ayittey who has been re-assigned to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Dr. Victor Asare Bampoe, also replaces Dr. Alfred Tia Sugri,who has been moved, from the Health Ministry to the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation as a Deputy Minister.
Dr Victor Bampoe, is the Senior Fund Portfolio Manager at the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria based in Geneva, Switzerland, responsible for managing grants to fight the three diseases in South Africa, with a total value of over $ 800 million.
Victor has worked at the Fund in various capacities since 2005; he served as the Fund Manager in Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Rwanda, and was also the Risk Manager at the Fund, as well as the Team Leader for Southern Africa. Before he took up this role, Victor worked with the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) as a Regional Health and HIV adviser, and before that, as a Medical Officer with the Ministry of Health in Ghana.
Victor is a medical doctor by training, with a specialization in Public Health obtained at the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore, USA. He is married with one son, and likes to read voraciously and play tennis.
Ghana’s health ministry is presently been challenged with Lack of funds and grave inefficient health systems.
One may therefor ask; Why the reshuffle?
Does this new team give a clue to the change expected?
The discussion may need to continue beyond this article.
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