The President of Sanford World Clinics, Kojo Benjamin Taylor says there are no standards in health delivery in Ghana.
He says the situation where patients receive varied levels of care depending on where they live in the country is very unacceptable.
Mr Taylor said this when the Sanford clinics signed onto a standardized quality assessment program aimed at improving the quality of health delivery in the Ghana.
This is because though access to primary health care has been promoted by players in the health sector, the issues about quality care have been neglected.
So to ensure that you leave the health center healthier than you walked in, a health care standardization a system, called safe care has been introduced in Ghana through the Pharm Access foundation.
Sanford World Clinics Ghana has signed onto the Safe Care quality improvement program to deliver both accessible and quality care to Ghanaians.
According to the World Health Organisation, 1.4 million people suffer from Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) at every point in time. In Ghana, one out of ten hospitalized patients will acquire an infection.
Speaking to Joy News the President of Sanford Mr. Kojo Benjamin Taylor, expressed worry about the quality of service Ghanaians receive when they visit the hospital.
He said, “there are no standards in health Care delivery in Ghana.”
Safe Care has certain core business principles about improving the quality of service delivery that seems to be the same direction and vision that Sanford stands for.
He added that the fact that people expect different levels of services depending on the health care facility they visit whether it is an urban area or rural, public or private health center should be a source of worry to players in the health market.
The SafeCare quality standards Following the signing, of the agreement Dr Maxwell Akwasi Antwi, the Country Director of PharmAccess Ghana said SafeCare looks for partners who have the same direction and vision to deliver quality health care to Ghanaians.
He said “We seek to make the health market work for the poor so we have strict selection criteria with respect to who we work with and Sanford meets that criteria and that’s why we have this marriage.”
Dr Antwi explained that SafeCare looks at the whole spectrum of the healthcare delivery chain, from human resource management, primary health care, inpatient care, ownership, infection prevention, diagnosis services among others.
The good thing about it is that it is practical and usable even where resources are not abundant.
He noted that Sanford qualifies for the partnership because Sanford looks at the bottom of the pyramid.
He said “Sanford by delivering health care through the health insurance service provider automatically erase the financial access barrier which makes the poor be able to access high quality franchised promised brand care at almost no cost out of pocket”
Sanford World Clinics have a public-private partnership arrangement with the Ghana Health Service; it has footprints all over the southern part of Ghana providing basic health care to the poor.