The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Alfred Sugri Tia, hasstressed the need to improve the quality of human resource in the health sector to ensure that Ghanaians have access to quality health care.
He said, in the view of global shortage of health care workers and its effect on developing countries like Ghana, appropriate planning and management of human resource is crucial towards ensuring that people have access to good quality health care services.
Dr Tia said this when he addressed the Conference of Heads of Health Training Institutions (COHHETI) at this year’s performance review and selection of candidates into health training institution for 2013/2014 academic year.
The one-week programme had the theme, “Human Resource for Health Development: A trained, Skillful and Well motivated Health worker force”.
Dr. Tia said it was such objectives that formed the ministry’s policy on rational production of health workers with the view of increasing intake into all health training institutions in the country.
He said, the objective of the policy was not to undermine the quality of training “but to scale up the dwindling health work force.”
Dr. Tia said in the early 1990s, health training institutions were admitting between 650 and 700 students annually as against the current intake of about 7,000 students.
He said the poor state of infrastructure coupled with inadequate teaching and learning materials and limited number of tutors affected the quality of training in the health training institutions and its consequent effect on health care delivery in the country.
He said with the government policy on making healthcare accessible to all Ghanaians and the implementation of health insurance scheme and free maternal health care, “demand for quality healthcare will further increase the workload of our health workers.”
He thus, stressed the need to train more health workers, especially middle level workers to augment the effort of the existing health workers and to institute better conditions of service for them.
The Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Yaw Adusei commended the principals of the health training institutions for managing the challenges facing their institutions in the training of health professionals.
He said the government was aware of the importance of the health sector in the economic development of the country and assured them of government’s commitment to support them to meet some of the challenges.
He, however, urged the principals to make learning condusive to their students as his office continues to receive complaints from health trainees about the unbearable conditions at the institutions.
Kwadwo B. Donkor, Fumesua