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The Dental and Medical Council has inducted 106 newly qualified doctors and dentists including 10 practitioners to undergo supervised training in accordance with the Council’s regulatory standards. This was at a well-attended ceremony held in Accra.
The newly qualified health practitioners are from the University of Ghana School of Medicine and Dentistry, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology School of Medical Science; and Foreign trained practitioners who were successful at Council’s registration examinations at a time when there still persists inequity in the distribution of healthcare professionals especially doctors and dentists in Ghana.
In a speech read on behalf, Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, said, the country does not have the right numbers, the right mix of skills and expertise in Ghana’s districts areas. He, therefore, encouraged the dentists and medical doctors to accept postings to accredited district hospitals where their services are most needed especially during the health professionals’ second-year housemanship.
The Ministry on its part according to the Health Minister had established the Quality Management Unit at the Ministry of Health to ensure that Ghanaians receive the best of healthcare services irrespective of their geographical location. The Health Ministry, he explained, is committed to improving upon access of Ghanaians to essentials and quality health services through the provision of the necessary health infrastructure, equipment, and logistics including the deployment of appropriate technology.
Additionally, he said, “we now have codified conditions of service and rural incentives are an integral part of it. We will continue to engage with stakeholders on how to better care for our health professionals and how collectively we can make our health system more responsive to our needs as a people.”
Commenting on the attitude and conduct of healthcare professionals particularly doctors and dentists, he said, in keeping with the high regards that the society accords healthcare professionals they must also exhibit a corresponding high standard of professionalism.
Kwaku Agyeman Manu said “often the allure of knowledge and success, if not properly managed, may result in inconsiderate conduct which may make one lose his humanity. That is one’s capacity to care.”
Professor P.K. Nyame, the Chairman of Medical and Dental Council in his delivery said in pursuit of the Council’s mandate of guiding the profession and protecting the public, it has challenges. The challenges he stated, is the pursuit and maintenance of standards.
He said “the number of admissions into our medical schools is rising. We are yet to assess how the increased admissions into Senior High Schools will impact the medical and dental schools.
There will no doubt be the challenge of assuring quality dealing with large numbers of students. This will be affected by teacher and student ratio, the facilities available for teaching and patient experience”
Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare, the Director General of Ghana Health Service [GHS] said his outfit is worried about doctors rejecting posting to rural areas. He said there was a need for newly qualified doctors to be bonded to serve in rural areas.
Research conducted by GHS, he said, revealed that half of the newly qualified doctors refused posting to rural areas. The Director-General of GHS said the service would put a proper health management system in place to ensure equitable distribution of doctors.
The Medical and Dental Council is a statutory body under the Ministry of Health. The objective of the Council is to secure in the public interest the highest standards in the training and practice of medicine and dentistry in Ghana.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa