The Minister was particular about the reduction of child mortality and improvement in maternal mortality within the next 13 months.
śWe have the opportunity to make speedy progress to achieve the goals by 2015 and all hands must be on deck,ť he added.
Speaking at a day™s stakeholder™s sensitisation meeting on the MDGs Accelerated Framework (MAF) for the region, he described Ghana™s progress in reducing the maternal mortality ratio by three thirds by 2015 as śoff trackť though it was declared a national emergency in July 2008.
He noted that Ghana is lagging behind with all the goals that are health related and called on stakeholders to exhibit commitment to the implementation of MAF.
Dr Ebenezer Oduro-Mensah Family Physician and Coordinator of the Regional MAF said the MDG 5 should be categorised as development issue needing more attention.
He called for reduction in the out of pocket payment for maternal health services for the poor to significantly reduce the quality gap in skilled delivery, strengthen donor coordination as well institutionalising an accountability system.