Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Bawumia has assured the Medical and Dental Council of Ghana of government commitment in ensuring quality Doctors and Dentists are been produced locally to meet the needs of Agenda 111 hospital program of government.
Speaking at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Medical and Dental Council under the theme: Medical Training & Practice in Ghana: The Past, Present & Future he said the Akufo-Addo led government is worried about the increasing numbers of complaints about allegations of clinical negligence, poor professional attitude and conduct, inhumane and degrading treatment of patients and some practitioners who provide services outside their areas of competency of their training.
According to him there are concerns about significant numbers of health care professionals who abuse substances or work under the influence of substances including chronic alcoholism or suffer from infirmities of the mind”.
He stated that, government have taken a keen interest in improving upon access to health care in Ghana with the introduction of Agenda 111 to boost the provision of healthcare infrastructure and ease accessibility to healthcare services.
Health Minister , Kweku Agyemang Manu at the event said his ministry has
facilitated the approval of a World Bank facility of about USD 15, 267, 464. 28 dollars to help build the first ever National Clinical Skills Examination Centre of Excellence.
He commend the Council for its commitment and foresight for inviting critical stakeholders at this time to reflect on the current challenges with local medical and dental training and practice.
He called on Ghanaians to continue to do things that matter healthcare regulations.
On his part,Registrar at the Medical and Dental Council, Ghana,Divine N. Banyubala said adequate measures has been putting in place by the council to make sure quality Medical practitioners are produced across the Sixteen regions to help ease some of the burden from Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Council.
According to him,Medical and Dental Council’s Registration Examinations for foreign trained practitioners wishing to permanently practice here have shown clearly that most of them lack basic knowledge and competencies to practice safely in Ghana.
He called on Ghanaians to help the council to flash out the quark quark health practitioners out of the system.