Ghana has made major gains in its health dispensation, including bringing technologies that have boosted the sector’s competitiveness.
As part of the vision to successfully hit the remainder of the 2015-limit of realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Ghana’s Ministry of Health (MOH) needs to clean up its act as far as its diminishing labor force is concerned, a Ministry official has said, Tuesday.
The Deputy Director at the HR department of the Health Ministry, Dr Kwesi Assabil has said that the waning health practitioner number should only end if the government comes up with policies that will spruce up service provision in the rural communities, especially, as well as, the rest of the nation.
He was speaking at a regional meeting in the Cape Coast, which was thematically geared towards meeting the MDGs through taking the most ideal practices to higher levels.
Ghana has made major gains in its health dispensation, including bringing technologies that have boosted the sector’s competitiveness. The latest acquisition is that of hi-tech devices including for X-Ray and Endoscopy diagnostics at the Diagnostic Centre Complex. The facility has already set up its essential structural works for the projects and the machines will be in use soon.
There are also ten devices for treating kidney and other renal-related problems that a foundation from the Far-east has donated to the Cape Teaching Hospital. The development has boosted the stakes of the health facility for now it has the number two spot among the best facilities in Ghana that deal with nephrology.
Now the biggest migraine for the MOH is the low number of human resource personnel that is infringing on service delivery, but it is apparent that the government has made some gains: early this year, the Single Spine Salary Structure re-based the wages for the former Ghana Health Service employment base, by offering higher wages.
The Cape Coast, in particular, is in need of more practitioners, considering that in 2012, seventy-eight of the qualified staff, among them fifty-four nurses, had to retire from the sector.