AFRICA/GHANA - The Right to health care in the Constitution has to be included: the Catholic Campaign

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Accra (Agenzia Fides) – To include the right to health care in the new Constitution: is a national campaign launched officially by the National Catholic Secretariat, the executive body of the Episcopal Conference, on the occasion of the revision of the Constitution, ongoing in the country.
According to information sent to Fides, the campaign, titled "Agenda for the right to good health" is intended to replace Article 30 of Chapter 5 of the Constitution of 1992, which speaks of "the Law of the sick". The proposal of the Secretariat says one should speak of "right to health care" as a right included in the Charter, in order to assure that every Ghanaian citizen in the country has access to complete health care.
The note sent to Fides, reported that the "right to health care" includes "nutrition, hygiene and environmental sanitation and many other health problems that affect everyone, from rural areas to large cities nationwide", explains Samuel Zan Akologo, Executive Secretary of the Department of human Development, in the National Catholic Secretariat, during the launching ceremony of the campaign, which will be released in all the dioceses and in all the parishes and ecclesial associations. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 13/07/2013)