Sanford World Clinic yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), to make available USD100,000 annually for training of health workers in the country.
The MoU which is expected to last for about 10 years would offer scholarship to serving officers such as registered nurses and midwives and other health workers of the GHS.
Mr. Kojo Benjamin Taylor, President of Sanford World Clinic signed the agreement on behalf of the clinic, while Mr. Yaw Brobbey Mpiam, Deputy Director, Administration of the GHS signed on behalf of the GHS.
Mr. Taylor said the program would train more health workers to improve the nurse to patient ratio and ensure effective delivery of primary health care at the rural and peri-urban communities.
He stated that the programme would give priority to midwives from accredited training institutions to provide training to improve access to antenatal maternal services in the rural areas to help Ghana attain Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Mr. Taylor suggested that health authorities employed Private Public Partnership to improve health interventions and outcomes in the country.
Sanford he said hopes to build about 35 clinics in metropolitan, rural and peri-urban communities to add to the 33 clinics already built in such centres in an effort to raise health care standards in such communities.
Mr. Yaw Brobbey Mpiam, Deputy Director, Administration of the GHS said the programme was a laudable initiative as it would ensure that the trained health personnel were engaged to work with the GHS or in any of the Sanford world clinics in Ghana.
He was positive that the programme would address the challenges brilliant but needy nurses face in their quest to upgrade themselves in their profession.
By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey