Following the refusal of Ghanaian doctors to accept transfers to the Upper West Region, a seven-member Cuban Medical Brigade team has been posted to the region to provide health care delivery services to the people.
This brings to 23, the number of Cuban doctors serving in various hospitals throughout the region.
All six Ghanaian doctors posted to the region in December last year and who were expected to report on January 29, have failed to show up.
The Upper West Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Alexis Nang-Beifubah, announced this when he opened a Regional Scientific Workshop of the Cuban Medical Brigade which brought together all Cuban doctors to share clinical experiences and to adopt best practices to ensure quality health care delivery service to the people especially those at the rural community level.
Dr. Nang-Beifubah said the region values the services of the Cuban Medical Brigade saying that without them the health situation of the people of the region would have been precarious.
He said the Cuban Medical Brigade had served the people diligently with dedication and not a single malpractice had been reported against them.
Dr. Nang-Beifubah called on the doctors to share disease challenges, experiences and find innovative and pragmatic ways of seeking solutions to health problems in their respective areas of operation.
The national coordinator of the CMB, Dr. Felipe Delgado Bustillo, said the Upper West Region had the highest number of Cuban doctors because it lacked human resource especially health professionals like doctors.
According to Dr. Bustillo, priority attention was given to the Northern, Upper East and West Region because of the refusal of Ghanaian doctors to accept postings there because of among others the remoteness of the areas and lack of social amenities.
He said 10 of the Cuban Medical Brigade were serving in the University for Development Studies (UDS) School of Medicine and Health Science (SMHS).
The national co-ordinator said 60 hospitals in various regions of the country were benefiting from the services of the Brigade.
The Deputy Regional Health Administrator, Mr. Edward Kaba, said the workshop was to bring together all the Cuban doctors spread over the region to share their experiences and replicate good practices to ensure quality health care in the region.
Mr. Kaba hoped many innovations and best practices would be shared among health care providers in the region to improve the health status of the people.
There are only four specialist, three gynecologists and one surgeon operating the Wa Regional hospital, a situation described as woefully inadequate.