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NGO launches initiative to fight corruption in health sector

The Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF), a human rights media advocacy organisation has raised concerns about the ever increasing corruption in Ghana’s health sector.

Corruption, according to GLOMEF, reduces access to care; undermines equity in access; increases financial burden on patients as well as reduces access to and provision of services.

A 2010 report by the World Bank titled “Quiet Corruption” has revealed that 95 per cent of resources allocated to the health sector in Ghana were diverted into the pockets of individuals. Ghana is second to Chad in terms of the most corrupt when it comes to managing resources in the health sector in Africa.

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Less than 2 million Ghanaians pay tax – GACC

About 1.5 million out of the six million eligible Ghanaian taxpayers pay tax, allotting Ghana one of the lowest tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio in Africa.

Ghana, therefore, has a lot to do to meet the Sub-Saharan average target of 17 per cent which is above the nation’s 13 per cent mark as her various governments have over the years tried to upscale.

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