President Akufo-Addo has encouraged newly inducted doctors and dentists not to shy away from accepting postings to deprived communities and districts across the country, ABC News can report.
The President admitted that the country lacks the required number of doctors to attend to the growing population and adequate health personnel with specialised skills to operate at the various accredited health facilities across the country.
He, particularly, charged the 380 newly inducted dentists and doctors to accept postings to the newly created regions and districts and tasked them to emulate the exemplary works of distinguished health professionals.
“The doctor, dentist population in our country remains unsatisfactory after sixty-two years of nationhood. We currently do not have the right numbers of doctors, dentists and health care professionals with the right mix of skills and expertise in our regions, districts and deprived communities especially for the newly created regions and districts” ABC News can report that the President said.
He urged, “I encourage you our newly inducted practitioners to follow the exemplary example of Dr. Evans-Anfom and accept postings to accredited regional and district hospitals where your services are needed most particularly during your second year of Housemanship”
The government, President Akufo-Addo noted is committed to improving the conditions at the various hospitals, provide adequate infrastructure and ensure that the health sector is vibrant and buoyant to serve Ghanaians.
Addressing the gathering at a ceremony to induct the newly trained doctors and dentists in Accra, President AKufo-Addo stressed, “Government is committed to improving access to essential and quality health services through the provision of the necessary Health infrastructure equipment and Logistics including; the deployment of appropriate technology as part of our drive to attaining Universal Health Coverage today”
President Akufo-Addo appealed to the new doctors to be guided by the Oath they swore to maintain high standards at all times and preserve the sanctity of the profession.
To this end, he told them to, “Feel privileged to work amidst the mysteries of life, be prepared for continuous learning. Gain the trust of patients and treat each one with dignity.”
“Respect all your colleagues and I do not mean just your fellow doctors, all colleagues in the health care chain, and that means technicians, nurses, clerks, cleaners, listen to them and give them respect.”
“You will be surrounded by death, but remain human and do not lose your emotions. People will die, but many will be healed. Complications will occur, but make sure you stay true to science, the truth and reason.”