Health News of Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Source: GNA

Ghana needs to train more health personnel - Dr Assabil

Dr Kwesi Assabil has called for Ghana to train more health personnel if it had any intention of achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015

He said achieving MDG’s by 2015 will be a mirage for Ghana if the country fails to formulate policies to help increase the number of health personnel to ensure quality health care delivery.

The Deputy Director in charge of Human Resource Development at the MoH, was speaking at the Central Regional 2012 Annual Performance Review Conference, held in Cape Coast, under the theme: “scaling up best practices to achieve the Millennium Development Goals”.

Dr Assabil said the Ministry of Health in order to achieve the MDG’s, was doing everything possible to put in place the necessary facilities and logistics to help train more nurses and paramedics in the country.

He said about 16 health training institutions were operating in the country with an increase in the number of midwife trainees.

He said with the migration of the staff of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) onto the Single Spine Salary Structure, the salaries of the GHS staff had been enhanced, and urged them to let this reflect in the work.

He praised the Central Regional Health Directorate for engaging the services of sign-language interpreters at the district and regional hospitals to assist health workers manage clients with speech and auditory impairment, and urged other health facilities in the country to do same.