JOINT PRESS RELEASE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GHANA AND THE EMBASSY OF THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS
Veenendaal, may 20th 2016 - Ghana and the Netherlands launch project to accelerate tuberculosis detection
The Government of Ghana and government of the Netherlands have agreed to intensify their cooperation in tuberculosis detection. This was agreed on May 19 between the Minister of Health, Hon. Alex Segbefia, and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Hans Docter.
Hon. Minister Segbefia signed an agreement with Mr. Marcel Lantinga, Director of the Dutch company Oldelft Benelux, for the commencement of the project “Accelerating Tuberculosis Case Detection in Ghana”. The projects aims to boost the currently low tuberculosis (TB) detection rate in Ghana, where 63.000 people suffer from TB annually. According to the 2013 national TB prevalence survey, 264 out of every 100.000 Ghanaians are affected by this disease.
However, when timely diagnosed and promptly treated the disease can be cured and controlled. Hon. Minister Segbefia: “This cooperation with the Netherlands will enable Ghana to increase its detection rate to 85%, and as such will mean a major improvement to the health of many Ghanaians.”
The Embassy of the Kingdom in the Netherlands in Accra has been active in the health care sector in Ghana for years. It is currently supporting activities in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights and is actively promoting an innovative and private sector-driven approach to the sector. H.E. Hans Docter: “This project serves as an example of innovative investments in e-health.”
Mr. Guido Geerts, CEO of Delft Imaging Systems, was also present at the event at the Ministry of Health. Delft Imaging Systems will supply a total of 52 digital imaging systems, consisting of a combination of fixed units and mobile clinics, as well as accompanying IT-services.
The total project cost are 21.6 million euros of which 7.56 million euros is covered by an ORIO (Facility for Infrastructure Development) grant from the government of the Netherlands. ORIO provides grants for public infrastructure development in developing countries in order to contribute to human development as well as private sector development.