With just a few weeks to go before the national election in Ghana, the race is really heating up. The race between the incumbent NPP and the main challengers, the NDC, has become quite close in recent weeks and as such, both parties are coming with new election promises in hopes of securing a few extra votes.

During the last few elections, the NPP have made important health related promises to shore up support. The creation of a national health insurance scheme was actually one such promise. Ghana is perhaps the poorest country in the world to have successfully implemented a national health insurance scheme.

Earlier today Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, the flagbearer for the NPP, made a new health related campaign promise. He has promised free accommodation to all health workers in the Ghana Health Service. Free accommodation will represent a significant increase in the salaries of health workers and some have speculated that payment in form of housing may lead to more job lock than just increased salaries, which could significantly improve the distribution and retention of health workers in rural areas.

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