The Ghana Chapter of the West African Health Examinations Board (WAHEB) says it would start conducting examination and awarding certificates to environmental health officers and public health nurses from next year.
This follows the revival of the Chapter after challenges, including lack of funds, poor financial management and inadequate legal recognition, led to the folding up of the Ghana chapter formerly known as Ghana Health Examinations Board.
Addressing a press conference in Accra on Monday, Mr. Isaac Newton Dzahene, acting Secretary and Registrar of WAHEB Ghana, said as a result of the challenges, Ghana was not represented in WAHEB meetings.
Mr. Dzahene said “WAHEB Ghana will work on solving the problems it faced in the past years, and revive its operations in 2017.”
He explained that WAHEB certificate awarded to public health nurses and environmental health officers “is internationally recognised and allows health practitioners who acquire it to work in any other West African country.”
Mr. Lawrence Odartey Lawson, Head of Allied Health at the Health Training Institution Secretariat, expressed concern about the dwindling intake for environmental health courses, and called for the rebranding of the schools.
Dr. Ado H. Bello, Executive Chairman of WAHEB, Nigeria, said the headquarters of the organisation did not receive a formal letter of secession from Ghana and therefore it still considers the country as an active member, and therefore urged the management of the chapter to institute measures to sustain the local branch.
He urged WAHEB Ghana, to resume its operation in order for the local public health students to enjoy the benefits of the WAHEB certificate.
Dr. Bello said the examination and certification would be expanded to cover other nationals.
WAHEB is limited to Anglophone countries in West Africa.