A report by the World Bank called "Quiet Corruption" has revealed that 95 percent of resources allocated to the health sector in Ghana was diverted into the pockets of individuals.
Ghana is second to Chad in terms of the most corrupt when it comes to managing resources in the health sector in Africa.
“Quiet Corruption” is an annual Africa Development Indicators report that revealed that the problem of corruption goes beyond bribes and graft and affects health, education, and agriculture sectors on the continent.
The 2010 report painted a gloomy picture of Ghana’s health sector alleging that officials are failing to deliver government goods and services to the ordinary people they are aimed at.
The sordid situation has saddened the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ). The commission said it has begun developing vigorous programmes to change the attitude of Ghanaians when it comes to corruption.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Wednesday, deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, Richard Quayson, indicated that the commission’s upcoming conference on integrity is a step towards addressing the issue of corruption in the country.
According to him, “because we are not committed to the systems we have put in place, we do not make it work and that also allows people to now begin to see the individuals so that they can get their corrupt practices recognised in the system. ”
“You speak to some institutions and the first impression that they give you is that what you are bringing up is ideal, but it will not work in Ghana.
"In other words they are saying that it should not work so if even you try to introduce it they would make sure that they frustrate the system so that it does not work,” Quayson noted.
CHRAJ said prosecuting people found to be corrupt will not address the situation totally until a vigorous educational campaign is carried out.
“Mindset also has behavioral attitude which has to do with corruption as well and our approach is not just improving the system or getting the system right, but also about the individuals or the people in the society, working on the people to change their attitude,” he added.
By: Martin Asiedu-Dartey/Citifmonline. com/Ghana