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The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has asked the government to as a matter of urgency include the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu on the committee established to coordinate the government resources regarding the spillage of the Akosombo dam that has led to thousands being displaced.

That, the association said was imperative because of the crucial role the sector ministry played in relief efforts.

A 13-member inter-ministerial committee was established on October 13, 2023, to coordinate the government’s response to victims affected by the Akosombo dam spillage.

Chaired by the Chief of staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, the other members of the committee include the Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah; Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery; Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul; Energy Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh; Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta and the Minister of Local Government, Daniel Kwaku Botwe.

Other members are Minister of Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye; Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, Minister for Environment, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie; Minister for Sanitation, Freda Prempeh; Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor and the Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.

GMA in a statement issued on Monday said that it “welcomes the formation of an Inter-ministerial Committee to address the flooding and related issues. We have noted the exclusion of the Minister of Health from this Committee even though the Ministry of Health will play a central role in relief efforts.”

“The provision of emergency healthcare and support, prevention of possible outbreaks of water-borne diseases, risk communication, and ensuring continuity of essential health services are fundamental to a response of this nature. We therefore call on the government to immediately include the Minister of Health as a matter of urgency.”

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