years doing nothing. There is the need for the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to do some education in terms of orientation to draw their attention to what they studied in school, so that when they get to their health centres, they would be able to provide the needed services.
Mr Speaker, if you go to a CHPS compound or primary healthcare centre, the nurse there is acting as the doctor who would do the prescribing and the pharmacist, dispensing drugs to patients at the same time. So it is important that we educate them to ensure that they do the right thing.
One other issue which has not been mentioned that I want to draw our attention to is the road networks to the various health centres. If you build a CHPS compound and the road from one community into the CHPS compound is not good, definitely, when there are emergencies, it would be very difficult for patients to access healthcare. So it is important as a Parliament and a country, to pay more attention to our road networks, especially the feeder roads in our rural communities.
As the Chairman for the Roads and Transport Committee, we have been touring and visiting some communities and I think that we still have more to do in order to create access to these health centres. If the CHPS com- pound is built and the road to the centre is not motorable, definitely, the
people would not be able to access the centre, yet we are talking about universal healthcare.
To my understanding, universal healthcare is for everybody to get access to healthcare universally. If the CHPS compound or district hospital has been built and we do not have access in terms of road networks to these centres, it would be very difficult for us to get the full benefits of these centres.
Recently, the current Government has introduced the drone services whereby some types of medicines and blood would be moved from blood banks to the various health centres where they are needed. It is a very good idea. The Ministry of Aviation should amend the various Acts that we have, to make sure that the drone services are also part of our aviation transport system.
It is also very important for us to look at who goes to these centres to man them. As I said, they need intensive training. Apart from the training, as they have been in their various centres for some time, there is the need for us to do an orientation for them to be updated on some of the issues that have risen in their minds.
Mr Speaker, may I also take this opportunity to commend the doctors at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. In the headline news today, they have been able to do a brain surgery. I think Hon Dr Okoe Boye would be able to explain this for us to understand it
better. They have been able to do a brain surgery without necessary cutting the skull of the person. This is an achievement. We normally hear this done in advanced countries, so if the local doctors in our premier hospital in this country have been able to do this, then I think that on a day like this, being the World Health Day, it is important to mention this and say Ayekoo to our doctors in Korle Bu.