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Japan agrees to support Ghana’s health sector

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with the Ministry of Health (MoH) with the objective of enhancing Japan’s support for Ghana’s health sector.

The five-year cooperation agreement is a component of Japan’s contribution to helping with the implementation of national interventions aimed at achieving universal health coverage and quality health care.

It falls under the Japanese ministry’s flagship programme; Africa Health and Wellbeing Initiative.

At the signing ceremony in Accra yesterday, the Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, who signed on behalf of Ghana, said the modalities and responsibilities required of both countries under the cooperation would be decided at a meeting later.

Under the MoC, both countries would seek to cooperate with local governments and health sector agencies in each other’s country and work out modalities for further collaboration as may be mutually decided on.

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The main areas of cooperation include health promotion, disease prevention and early medical intervention. The cooperation agreement will also focus on improving hygiene and sanitation.

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