The Govermment of Ghana under the Presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has introduced six (6) new taxes and levies in the 2021 budget and Economic Policy for the 2021 financial year. One of such levies is the novel Coronavirus health levy.
There have been public numerous reactions to the Covid-19 health levy introduced by govermment. Some individuals especially members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) said, there is no need to introduce such levy at this moment where Ghanaians are over burdened with economic hardship among others.
But govermment through the Health Ministry in a statement issued by the Health Minister Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has outlined the need for the levy and also gives details on how the Covid-19 levy will be used.
He has touted some seven (7) areas the levy will be used on. These include;
1. Procurement distribution and administration of vaccines.
2. Establishment of fourteen (14) medical waste treatment facilities across the country for safe disposal of medical waste in collaboration with the private sector.
3. Thirty-three (33) major health projects approved for implementation at a cost €890 million.
4. Procurement of PPEs. To date, 14,600,000 pieces of personal protective equipment produced domestically and distributed to health workers, students, teaching and non-teaching staff of tertiary and secondary educational institutions.
5. Fumigation and disinfection of public places including, airports, markets, schools, hospital, offices etc.
6. Agenda 111 – the construction of 100-bed Hospitals in 101 Districts with no hospitals, seven Regional Hospitals for the new Regions, including one for the Western Region, the construction of two (2) new psychiatric hospitals for the Middle and Northern Belts, respectively and the rehabilitation of Efua-Nkwanta Hospital in the Western Region; and
7. The need to recruit more health care professionals, in addition to the 100,000 recruited in he first term of the President.