GHS Board advises healthcare workers to agree to be posted to rural areas
The Ghana Health Services Board has called on health professionals to agree to be posted to any part of the country, especially to disadvantaged communities.
According to the council, this would allow them to adopt incentives for disadvantaged areas and transfer their know-how and expertise to underserved areas to help bridge the gap in the distribution of health professionals across the country. country.
In a message on behalf of the board at the annual Savannah Regional Health Sector Performance Review Conference held at the Unity Center in Damongo, Dr. Kenneth Appiah said the board, as part of from its oversight role, will ensure the appointment of qualified officers to fill leadership vacancies at all service levels to critically build leadership and governance capacity.
According to him, the Council intends to help management prioritize the welfare and motivation of staff, particularly in the areas of appropriate accommodation and incentive packages.
In the opinion of the council, this will inspire the staff to enable them to provide the best possible health service to the people of the country and achieve the roadmap of universal health coverage.
“We will support management in prioritizing staff well-being and motivation to enable staff to provide the best possible healthcare service to the people of the country. We will push for the full implementation of incentives for deprived areas, including the provision of suitable housing to attract healthcare professionals to deprived areas.
Our dear health workers are encouraged to embrace these incentives and agree to be posted to any part of the country,” he said.
The board member challenged healthcare professionals to meet the challenges of COVID-9 and do more to improve the public image of the service by removing the perception of poor customer service.
He called on district assemblies, communities and philanthropists to come to the aid of the service, especially in the area of accommodation.
While commending the region’s remarkable efforts and achievements over the years, he called on all medical professionals to rededicate themselves to the service’s mandate and work diligently to achieve the goals and objectives that the service s is fixed.
Dr. Chrysantus Kubio, regional director of health services for Savannah, lamented the reluctance of doctors to accept an assignment in the burgeoning Savannah area.
This, he said, hampers the department’s efforts to ensure a responsive and resilient health care delivery system that meets the health needs of people in the region.
He revealed that 85% of doctors serving in the region during the year under review did not report.
“During the year under review, the region received 1,133 new employees, of whom 225 did not report, which represents a 20% rate of refusal to post. In specific professions, the rejection rate for military doctors was 85%. This requires stakeholder deliberation at the various levels of City and District Assemblies to put in place ways and attract these essential staff to agree to be posted to our region,” he said.
According to him, the region still depends on its parent region, the Northern Regional Health Directorate, Medical Stores for support, encouraging well-meaning individuals, District Assemblies and Organizations to come to the aid of the service in matters of logistics.
Savannah Regional Minister, Saaed Muhazu Jibreal commended all health personnel and development partners for the immense contribution and hard work that resulted in modest gains in health indicators during the year under review.
He said there can be no meaningful socio-economic development in a country with a high burden of disease, emphasizing that “health is wealth”.
The Minister denounced the perceived negative attitude of some staff towards customers and work, adding that the ongoing industrial unrest at West Gonja Hospital by military doctors is an example of this.
According to him, the government was making efforts through the Ministry of Health to meet the transportation needs of health facilities in the new areas.
The conference brought together key players in the health sector and their partners, including all the health directors in the different municipalities and districts of the region to assess the overall performance of health as a region, discuss priorities and commit to working together to further improve the goals that the service has set under the theme “ensuring comprehensive service delivery in the midst of a pandemic”.
Source: Ananpansah Barthelemy Abraham