TWO hundred and sixty-eight newly-trained doctors have been deployed to selected hospitals across the country to beef up the supply of doctors, the Minister of Health Alex Segbefia, announced this in Parliament yesterday.
He said the postings, which were done between May and June, brings to 486, the number of doctors posted to the various teaching and regional hospitals since September last year.
The Health Minister was responding to a question filed by Frank Boakye Agyen, Member of Parliament for Effiduase /Asokore, who wanted to know the number of newly trained medical doctors deployed to the various health facilities across the country.
He said the postings were made up of dental and medical officers from all the medical schools in the country and abroad, and were done in compliance with the Medical and Dental Council’s requirements.
Mr. Segbefia attributed the delays in the postings to the time gap in the biometric registration process at the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD), and gave the assurance that the Health Ministry would work with the Ministry of Finance and the CAGD to shorten the process.
Responding to another question on measures being put in place to provide an additional ward for the Atebubu /Amantin District Hospital, the minister said his outfit was in the process of negotiating for concessionary funding from several financiers to construct new district hospitals and expand existing ones.
He said, the Atebubu District Hospital had been ranked the second in the Brong- Ahafo Region on the list of district hospitals scheduled for expansion.
In another development, the Millennium Development Authority (Amendment) Bill 2014, was taken through the Second Reading in a motion moved by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs. Marietta Brew Oppong.
The bill seeks to amend the Millennium Development Authority Act, 2006 (Act 702) to expand the objectives and functions of the authority for it to have the legal backing to enable it to implement the terms of Compact II as well as any other development programme of a similar nature.
Projects under the second compact are the Electricity Company of Ghana Financial and Operational Turnaround Project, the National Entrepreneurship Development Company Limited (NEDCO), the Financial and Operational Turnaround Project, and the Regulatory Strengthening and Capacity Building Project.
The rest are the Access Project, the Power Generation Sector Improvement Project, and the Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management Project.
The programme aims at increasing private sector investments and employment opportunities for citizens, and raising the earning potential for self-employment and improved social outcomes for citizens.
By Yaw Kyei