GOVERNMENT has been urged to absorb medical graduates who have been at home after completing their programmes.
Speaking at a Medical Excellence Awards night at the State House in Accra last Friday, Dr. Titus Amidu Dauda, founder of the awards, said compared to the past, exodus of medical practitioners to seek greener pastures had relatively reduced.
To stem the brain drain, he suggested that government gave medical practitioners what was due them they can give off their best.
Dr Dauda stated that though the doctor-patient ratio was good compared to the past, it was not fairly good across the country, saying it was only in the Greater Accra, Ashanti and a few regions that accessibility to medical practitioners could be felt.
However, he said, the Upper West, Upper East and Northern regions needed more medical practitioners.
Dr. Dauda said the 1:15,000 doctor-patient ratio in the country should be addressed to improve health care delivery.
Prof. Otu Nartey, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, who was the guest of honour, commended medical practitioners for their invaluable service to national development.
The awards, he said, was important to spur the practitioners while urging the public sector to expand facilities to recruit more of such practitioners.
Dr. Nartey called for the National Health Insurance Authority to be given autonomous status to avoid interference.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour