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Today the Health Service Supply Chain Practitioners Association, Ghana (HESSCPG) held their 10th annual general meeting at RAMADA BEACH RESORT in Accra.

The 10th Annual General meeting and continuous professional development of the Health Service supply chain practitioners association( HESSCPAG)is to look at the Immense contribution to the Health supply chain practitioners contribution to the Health delivery system of Ghana for the past 10 good years.

Mr..  Edwin Adinortey Agbugbla who is the National president of (HESSCPAP) said, "Critical to the provision of quality health care in all countriesis a well-functioning  health supply chains. A chain that consistently provides highly available, quality and affordable health products including information that is geographically accessible to the target population. This chain should be adaptable, cost effective for financial sustainability.

He continued, supply chain performance used to be much poorer and more variable couple with discrimination in the salary structure of practitioners in this country a decade ago. The need to bring better and more leverage innovation to the management of health supply chains was recognized by Dr. Addai Donkoh, the then Director of supplies stores and drugs Management (SSDM) Division of the Ghana Health Service,he said.

Mr. Edwin Adinortey Agbugbla explained," this necessitated the formation of HESSCPAP which evolved from the Civil Service Materials Management Class Association(CSSMMCA).after the passage of the Ghana Health Service Bill in 1996,all members of "CSSMMCA "because automatic members of the MOH supply chain. HESCPAP was first launched in 2008 at the SSNIT conference Hall in kumasi from 24th -27th February, 2008. The conference appointed the late prosper kutame as first interim president with officers to elect substantive officer for the  Association. It was at the conference that the name HESSCPAG was proposed and unanimously accepted by members with motto "Value for  money , Accountability and professionalism"Mr. Kotie Nkansah was elected National president from 2009-2013,Mr.Franklin Yamoah -Otchere 2013-2015 and Edwin Adinotey Agbugbla 2015-Date,he said.

Mr. Edwin Agbugbla emphasized that, members join Associations such as this purposely on issues that have to do with their welfare, enhance salary, better condition of service, pensions and the last but not the least to see an improvement with their living standards and some sense of belongingness. Every strong and vibrant group can only succeed and for that matter survive if members demonstrate active interest on issues with recourse to the association and not thinking of their individual interest since we all live to serve mother Ghana and for that reason her interest should be paramount at first in the discharge of our duties both in public as well as private lives.

Mr. Edwin Adimotey Agbugbla concluded that, "we cannot  rely on on busy top management to change their view on procurement and supply function.

As ambitious procurement leaders, we must prove our value and educate top management to understand the full value potential in procurement, which appears to be huge. As we mark 10 years professional Health Service chain, I urge all participants to engage actively in discussions on the thematic areas of the conference which have been carefully selected to help drive the profession purposefully into the future as we learn from past achievement and challenges.

He continued, Again, re-examination of our work ethics-punctuality, Discipline, Honesty, Integrity and Attitude to work will see us going far both as individuals, group, service and a nation,he said.

Source: Kofi Dwumah /

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