Mr. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin
The Minister of Health, Mr. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has commended heads of Health Training Institutions for not resorting to industrial strike action to demand better remuneration and of service condition.
He said for their exemplary conduct they would be recognised and rewarded at the first National Health Awards Day scheduled for August this year.
Mr. Bagbin made the commendation when he addressed the extra-ordinary general meeting of the Conference of Heads of Health Training Institutions (COHHETI) in Accra.
The meeting brought together 70 members of COHHETI to discuss issues militating against effective and efficient running of their respective institutions and the way forward.
This is contained in a statement issued and signed by the Head of Public Relations of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Dan Osman Mwin.
Mr. Bagbin conveyed government’s appreciation to the heads for their hard work and enviable record of religiously following laid down procedures in resolving labour issues and urged other workers within the health sector and outside to emulate the heads example.
He assured the heads that efforts were being made to address the numerous challenges confronting health institutions, tutors and students to improve academic work.
Mr. Bagbin called on health professionals to ensure that the vision of the Ministry to create a healthy population for national development was achieved.
He said steps had been taken to recruit additional tutors to augment the current staff and to establish new health training institutions to train and retain the various health personnel.
The Minister allayed the fears of the heads that the establishment of new health training institutions would affect the development of existing ones explaining that expansion works already being undertaken at some of the existing institutions would continue.
He announced that each training institution would be provided with 20 computers and accessories to enhance e-learning and tele-medicine programmes being introduced in the curriculum of the institutions.
Mr. Bagbin further announced that plans were afoot to introduce career progression programmes for principals and tutors of health institutions to increase their knowledge and build their capacities to perform better.
He gave the assurance that all outstanding issues pertaining to the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) were being addressed by the Ministry in collaboration with the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department and urged health workers to exercise patience.
On infrastructure, he said he was alarmed at the level of inadequate accommodation for both tutors and students at the various health institutions and expressed government’s preparedness to carry out expansion works particularly in the areas of classrooms, dormitories, libraries and residential accommodation for tutors.
In an address the Chairman of COHHETI, Mr. James Yambor, said since its inauguration six years ago it had always used laid down procedures to seek redress to issues affecting its members and gave the assurance that they would continue in that direction.
Mr. Yambor who is Principal of the Presbyterian Nurses Training College at Bawku in the Upper East Region said the meeting was an opportunity to address challenges that are hampering effective and efficient running of the schools.