HEALTH MINISTER ON FIRE AS🔥🔥🔥 2016 BATCH OF PUBLIC TRAINED PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS PICKET ON 28TH OCTOBER, 2019, AT THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH IN ACCRA FOR THEIR DELAYED PERMANENT POSTING
The 2016 batch of Physician Assistants from College of Health, Kintampo, who are all professionally registered Physician Assistants in good standing with the Medical and Dental Council (MDC), Ghana have been expectantly waiting for permanent posting from the Government of Ghana for the past three years after completing their course of study.
After using several amicable means to resolve their permanent posting issue through dialogue with responsible stakeholders, the government has still failed to keep its promise. “The lackadaisical, unconcerned posture by government to keep us at home unduly for three years whilst thousands of people die from preventable deaths in hospitals and health centers across the length and breadth of this country on daily basis due to inadequate human resource and most importantly, lack of competent clinicians with requisite qualification and expertise beats our imagination and understanding” they said .
Besides, one aggrieved member added his voice that;
“without a shred of doubt, we believe this action by government is deliberate and must, therefore, attract the attention of all well-meaning Ghanaians and for us as citizens to question our leaders of their commitment to fighting unemployment and high mortality rate of the citizenry. Irrespective of how healthy one may look, we are all potential patients in the next few minutes, hours, days or weeks”.
"College of Health, Kintampo, runs over ten programmes. It is worth noting and amazing that the 2016 batch of graduates who pursued other programmes and graduated with us from the college have all been posted early this year leaving out the Physician Assistant group. More than six months after posting our colleagues, we have still not been posted? We honestly seem not to understand this move by the government since it’s one of its unfortunate kind" Mr. Adu Adjei Joshua, leader of the group added.
Probing further it was revealed that they would like to put on record that they are bonded, public trained Physician Assistants and the government must prioritise their posting because of this bonded agreement or contract and must be seen to be quick in doing that, as their competent clinical services are highly needed in all health facilities, especially in the rural communities.
According to them, as registered members of the Medical and Dental Council (MDC), Ghana, per the rules and regulations governing the Council, as it is with any reputable professional organization, they are mandated to renew their permanent practicing license annually which comes at a substantial amount. Again, every member of the Council must attend at least three Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programs within a year to be able to accumulate CPD points to allow them to renew their licenses. Licenses are not renewed for members who fail to meet this important criterion. If not all, the majority of these CPD programs are not organized for free as participants are required to pay.
It is frustrating that this unemployment issue has made it difficult for them to raise money to attend such programs as well as raise money to renew their licenses. Technically, if not all, the majority of them stand the risk of not being able to renew their licenses. This means they cannot work. This inevitably leads to brain drain but they could be rendering needful service to the good people of Ghana if the Ministry of Health (MoH) is doing their work as they should.
For inquiries, please call;
ADU ADJEI JOSHUA – +233 24 1843 484
AGYEKUM SAMUEL – +233 20 030 8050
ALORYITO EDWARD – +233 24 5194 693
Story by: FrancisAppiahGh