MoH Begins Paying Foreign-Trained Docs

Dr Kweku Agyeman Mensah,Minister of Health (8)Until last June, 74 foreign trained doctors who had been practicing in various health institutions in the country for 19 months, were not being paid their salaries.

A source close to the Ministry of Health told The Ghanaian Times that the affected doctors had started receiving their salaries in June, which Dr. Fidelis Gligui, one of them, confirmed to the paper on Sunday.

“I can confirm to you that we have started receiving our salaries and arrears; some started receiving it in June and others in July,” he said.

Dr Gligui, who works at the Offinso Hospital, said though they were relieved with the payment of the salaries and arrears, it had rather come with an eroded value as a result of inflation and depreciation of the cedi.

“We are still frustrated because the value of the money now is not the same as it was one year and seven months ago. We cannot do anything meaningful with it because the money has depreciated in value,” he lamented.

Recounting his experience, Dr Gligui said it had been a frustrating moment working in his home country without salaries for one year seven months, after declining offers to practise outside and opting to return home to help in the health care delivery system.

It is recalled that The Ghanaian Times on January 20, 2014 reported of the plight of 74 foreign trained doctors who had been examined and inducted by the Ghana Medical and Dental Council, and had been practising in the country, without salaries for months.

The doctors were inducted in two batches in January 2013 and April 2013 to work in various health institutions across the country.

The Ghanaian Times had gathered that the names of the doctors, who were trained in China, Cuba, Ukraine, and Belarus among other countries, were inadvertently left out during the compilation of names of newly trained doctors for financial clearance from the Ministry of Finance.

The doctors expressed concern saying they felt slighted because they were foreign trained, but former Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Sugri Tia denied that, and apologised to them through The Ghanaian Times, and assured them that the ministry was making efforts to get their salaries and arrears paid to them.

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman

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