Health Facilities Regulatory Agency Meets Stakeholders On Friday

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The Health Facilities Regulatory Agency (HFRA), an institution under the Ministry of Health, will hold a working dinner dubbed, “Inception Business Dinner” on Friday, February 26, 2016, at the new Kempinski Hotel in Accra.

The event, billed to be a gathering of all who matter in the health sector, would be used to properly outline the mandate of HFRA under Act 829 (2011), as well as the role of all stakeholders; both public and private.

It is also expected to see a handing over ceremony and an induction of the administrative head of the body; known as “The Registrar”. The incoming Registrar, was recently appointed by President John Mahama.

The Agency was established by an act of Parliament on December 31, 2011, and mandated to receive, consider and approve applications for licenses for facilities meant to provide public and private health care services.

These facilities include clinics, hospitals, Laboratories, pharmacies, as well as connected with the storage and disposal of human remains; mortuaries and funeral homes.

The Agency, which has Dr. Felix Anyah as its Board Chairman, is also to establish an Ambulance Council to regulate the operation of private and public ambulance services in the country in accordance with policy standards, and to provide for related matters.

The event which comes off at 5pm, is to be attended by various governmental institutions, including ministries, departments and agencies, and is strictly by invitation.

Others institutions attending are; the Association of Private Health Practitioners, Christian Health Association of Ghana, global organizations, including USAID/Systems for Health (S4H) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Among the high profile attendees are the Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia, and his deputy, Victor Bampoe, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Collins Dawuda, Parliamentary Select Committee on Health (Ranking Members), directors of Ghana Standard Authority (GSA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ghana Atomic Energy Commission and Chief Director, Ministry of Health, among others.

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