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President Akufo-Addo has stated that quality healthcare delivery is very critical to national development. He has therefore commended Family Health University College for their outstanding contributions to the government’s efforts in the delivery of sound healthcare in Ghana.
The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, said this at the Graduation and Matriculation ceremony held at the Family Health University College at Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Center (KAIPKC) in Accra. About 130 students were inducted and graduated as well.
Delivering a statement on behalf President Akufo-Addo, the Health Minister said, the President is committed to ensuring that the right to health of all Ghanaians is guaranteed through an established health sector with sustainable ability to deliver affordable, equitable, and easily accessible healthcare.
“We will therefore support every effort by private individuals towards capacity-building to increase the number of health professionals and health infrastructure development in the country”.
He disclosed that globally, there is a growing need for high quality health workforce for health care delivery and therefore, the inadequate staff, maldistribution of available staff and the refusal of health professional to accept posting to deprived areas have become a major concern confronting the health sector
According to the Health Minister, there is a need to move beyond the usual way of doing things if they want to deliver quality and people-centered health care service.
He charged the students to help project the image of the health sector and that, the Ministry expect them to build on core values such as: Excellency, Equity, Accountability, Confidentiality, Professionalism and integrity.
He said the Ministry of Health, is in the process of instituting free post graduate training for all medical officers pursuing specialist programs and also in the process of finalizing its Human Resource Policy, the National Health Policy and restructuring of the National Health Insurance Scheme to help ensure an improved quality health care to all people living in Ghana.
The President congratulated the founder of Family Health Hospital and the University College, Prof. Kwawukume and Dr. Susu Kwawukume respectively for their enduring vision to provide a comprehensive and quality 24-hour medical care in Ghana, Africa, and beyond.
“I challenge you to go beyond the accepted performance limit in order to create new opportunities for yourselves; you can achieve excellent performance through continuous learning. I want to see you in the future and be proud of you”.
He entreated them to live a dedicated selfless life as their choice of career demands, in order to save lives within the communities, Ghana, and the world at large.
“We are going to demand from you that which is noble, upright and sincere. The opportunities we gave you could form the basis for your future success if you are able to develop problem solving skills, and also form good habits during your stay in Family Health University College; Creativity and Critical Thinking should be your goal”.
Source: Nii AfLAH Sackey