..Alex Segbefia To Doctors
Health Minister, Alex Segbefia, has said medical doctors in the country, have no justifications to complain about being unemployed, especially when they have turned down postings to areas they consider deprived.
Responding to concerns raised by doctors over government’s inability to engage new doctors who have completed their housemanship training at the 58th Annual General Conference of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) in Ho, the Minister said, medical doctors are among the few workers that are prioritized in terms of recruitment.
He observed that, the challenge, however, has been that the new doctors refuse posting to certain parts of the country, explaining that most of the doctors, prefer postings to urban areas to the rural areas, a situation he described as unfortunate.
He noted that though it was apprehensible that issues of accommodation in these rural areas, may be of palpable concern, efforts have been made by the Ministry, which has directed institutions to make the needed accommodation available to doctors, who will be posted to these areas.
He has, therefore, encouraged young doctors to be ready to take up postings to places where their services are most needed.
Speaking on this year’s theme, “Cardiovascular Diseases: emerging trends”, Mr Segbefia urged for intensified sensitization and education, especially at the community level, in order to reduce risk factors associated with the disease.
The Special Guest of Honour, Professor John Owusu Gyapong, the Vice Chancellor of The University of Health And Allied Sciences, made a presentation on the disease, which includes high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes among others.
He called on the public to adopt healthy lifestyle and avoid excessive smoking and intake of alcohol.
The Volta Regional Minister, Hellen Adjoa Ntosu, also charged the doctors to be dedicated to service, since the health and well-being of the citizens are entrusted in their hands, adding that the battle against cardiovascular diseases, will only be won by concerted efforts.