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Ghana loses 30% of its GDP to corruption

Ghana loses 30% of its GDP to corruption through a research by Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) and SEND-Ghana.

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This follows a research from the conducted by a consortium comprising of Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) and SEND-Ghana.

These groups revealed that, Ghanaians have attested to experiencing corruption the country, hence the report given.

In addition, the report revealed that, in the country’s education and health, corruption is rated 70 per cent, a report which about 70 per cent Ghanaians have attested to.

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According to the report, 60 percent of Ghanaians spend excess amounts of money in obtaining educational and health-related services. Out of this, 26.4 percent of such people earn less than GH¢100 a month, but spend more than GH¢100 in obtaining these services.

Observations of corruption in health worker-related issues include: corruption in medical procurement; corruption in drug prescriptions; negative work attitudes; accessing National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) related services and other health related issues.

Ashanti Region is reported to have recorded the highest number of corruption cases (74%) in both education and health, while Western Region recorded (33.8) – the lowest when it comes to regional classification.

Meanwhile, the government is currently enthused in lessening the impact of corruption is having in the country.

In the recent budget presented to Parliament by the finance minister, about GH¢180 million was allocated to the Special Prosecutors office to help reduce the increase on corruption in the country.

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Also, the government has laid two legislative instruments (LIs) for the Office of the Special Prosecutor in Parliament.

All of these, the government revealed is a step taken to reduce corruption in the country.

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