Prioritize the employment of qualified health workers – Akandoh in government

Prioritize Employment of Qualified Health Workers – Minority in Government

The Ranking Member of Parliament Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh called on the government to prioritize the use of trained, qualified and licensed health service professionals over the recruitment of other groups of people into the health service delivery system.

He said there are currently many trained and licensed nurses, doctors, physician assistants, pharmacists, lab technicians and other healthcare professionals waiting to be employed by the government.

He therefore described the government’s attempt to replace trained and licensed professionals with unemployed high school (SHS) graduates for cheap political returns as a move that would not serve the delivery of quality health care.

“If a country working within the confines of limited resources has over 19,000 registered nurses, 10,729 registered nurses and 1,000 trained doctors who have completed their household sitting at home, what justifies the admission of leavers Untrained and unlicensed SHS in our health care system?” He asked.

Misplaced priority

Speaking to the press in parliament, the ranking member said ‘the initiative of this new government amounts to a misplaced priority and as a country we cannot afford to abandon our investments in capital human like the many abandoned government projects that litter the country”.

“It is therefore in the interest of the government and all its agents and assigns to do everything possible to avoid causing financial loss to the state,” he said.


On August 17, 2022, the Chief Executive of the Youth Employment Agency revealed that the government would employ around 5,000 SHS graduates by the end of August this year to help with healthcare for base in Community Health Based Planning Services (CHPS) complexes across the country.

Recruits are required to assist nurses with services, including recording medical histories and symptoms, performing physical exams, and providing simple bedside care to patients, primarily in rural communities.

irresponsible decision

Reacting to the government’s decision, Mr Akandoh said the minority viewed the move as “very unfortunate and irresponsible”.

He said that with the large number of doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals trained at home and waiting to be absorbed into the public health system, the government would prefer to opt for the recruitment of non-secondary school graduates. trained and unlicensed to fill gaps in the health system. was unhappy.

Greener pastures

He said that contrary to the propaganda and noise the government is making to meet the welfare needs of medical professionals, most professionals can confirm that their conditions of service have deteriorated over the years.

The MP for Juaboso noted that in June this year, the Registered Nurses and Midwives Association of Ghana revealed that in the first quarter of 2022, over 3,000 trained nurses and midwives had left the coasts of Ghana in search of greener pastures.

The story, he said, was no different among practicing doctors in Ghana.

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