The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in collaboration with the German Technical
Co-operation and Ghana Community Network Systems Limited (GCNet), on Tuesday launched an “employee wellbeing programme” and policy for its personnel in Accra.
The objective of the policy was to enhance the health status of GRA and GCnet employees and their families and provide them with social protection.
The employee wellbeing programme is a workplace venture, which would educate the personnel on their health needs as well as afford them the opportunity to be screened for some of the most common diseases.
Dr Benjamin Kumbour, Minister of Health in a keynote address said the policy has features of confidentiality, gender equality, collective responsibility and non-discrimination in obtaining health care.
He said these features made the policy a unique and comprehensive document, which was in line with government’s goal of providing not only accessible but affordable health care for the citizens.
The Minister noted that the scope of the policy shall include the participation of local stakeholders such as personnel from the Ghana Health Service and non-government organisations.
“l urge all staff of the various agencies to fully participate in the programme and observe basic measures that will enhance your wellbeing,” he said.
Mr George Blankson, Commissioner-General of GRA noted that to effectively achieve a seamless integration and modernisation of revenue administration in the country, Management of the authority sees employees as the most important resource.
“We therefore hold staff wellbeing at the heart of our strategic plan and management policy because a nation’s health is its wealth,” he added.
Mr Nortey Omaboe, Chairman of GCNet said the programme was the logical extension of the previous successful HIV/AIDS workplace policy and programme, which aimed at increasing the healthy and productive life of employees and encompasses proactive measures to address health, social security among other issues, which might affect employees and their families.