Minister of Health, Mr. Alban Bagbin
The Ministry of Health will hold an award ceremony in August this year to reward hard working medical practitioners and other health workers in the country, Minister of Health, Mr. Alban Bagbin has said.
Mr. Bagbin said the initiative had become necessary to motivate health workers in view of the challenging circumstances they were worked.
The Minister said this on Friday at the induction ceremony for 186 newly qualified medical doctors and dentists after successfully completing their courses.
They comprised 144 from University of Ghana Medical School, 16 from University of Ghana Dental School and 26 foreign trained students.
He advised the inductees not to see the occasion as a mere ritual but to rededicate themselves to their chosen.
Mr. Bagbin also asked them to be worthy ambassadors of their professions by placing human value first.
He said the profession they had chosen was not a rosy one because the medical profession in Ghana was fraught with problems but urged them to find solutions to these problems.
“In order to solve these challenges, take note of the fact that there is scarcity of resources and unlimited wants, which is being competed for by a lot of sector,” he said.
Mr. Bagbin said in all about 7,500 medical and dental practitioners have been trained since the establishment of the medical school.
He said out of the number, about 3,200 had relocated outside the country to seek greener pastures leaving 4,300 to practice in the private and public health institutions in the country.
Mr. Bagbin express concern that about 70 per cent of those practicing in the country are located in the southern part of the country which does not augur well for the country.
He called for district assemblies to address the situation by sponsoring doctors in medical school so that they will come and serve the district on completion of their courses.
Dr. Eric Asamoa, chairman of the Medical and Dental Council congratulated the parents, guardians and teachers of inductees for their contribution towards their education.
He asked the inductees to be professional in their practice to ensure that there was good human relationship between them and their patients.
Dr. Asamoa advised the inductees to be wary of many challenging circumstances which may come their way in the course of the practice, but to “make sure that those challenges are overcome by professional competence and commitment to saving lives”.