appeals to health professionals in Diaspora to return
Kumasi, Sept. 21, GNA – The government on
Monday appealed to Ghanaian health professionals in the
Diaspora to constitute themselves into a body for purposes
of coming down to extend training and services to their
local counterparts and the communities.
Dr Benjamin Kumbuor, Deputy Minister of Health, said the way
for the nation to benefit from the enormous investment it
had made over the years and continue to make in the training
of health professionals was not only to retain them but to
also tap the rich experiences and expertise of those who had
Dr Kumbuor was addressing the opening of a four-day
international conference on “advances in medicine” held in
Kumasi on Monday.
The annual conference was initiated by the Komfo Anokye
Teaching hospital (KATH) in collaboration with the Ghana
College of Physicians and Surgeons, Olmsted Outreach and
Navigators Africa Partners Medical of the USA.
It is aimed at providing update in most current diagnostic
and treatment methods in order to consolidate and strengthen
quality health care delivery in West Africa.
Over 1,400 doctors and other health professionals had
participated in the conference since its inception six years
Dr Kumbuor acknowledged the ever rapidly changing trends in
the medical practice the world over and said without
continuous medical education the country’s medical
profession risked becoming outmoded.
He commended KATH and its partners for helping to sustain
high quality continuing medical education in the country
over the past six years that was impacting well on the
health care delivery system.
The Deputy Minister, however, said the government was
worried about the persistent high morbidity resulting from
preventable diseases, high maternal mortality and the
disparity in access to health care among both the rural and
urban poor and called on the organizers to lay greater
emphasis on maternal health care in subsequent conferences.
He repeated the government’s resolve to continue to dialogue
with the leadership of health professionals to arrive at
mutually acceptable salaries for health staff.
Mr Kofi Opoku Manu, Ashanti Regional Minister, welcomed the
initiative aimed at fostering relationships with foreign
health institutions, organizations and local counterparts by
making experts available to share experiences of modern
diagnostic techniques and skills to complement government’s
efforts at providing affordable health care to people.
He appealed to Heads of health institutions in the region to
come out with innovative ways to complement the efforts of
KATH in providing medical care to residents within Kumasi
metropolis and its environs to decongest KATH.
Professor Ohene Adjei, Acting Chief Executive of KATH, said
lack of systematic programme of continuous education and
world class refresher courses in most African countries had
created a worrying state of knowledge deficit among
practitioners in terms of current developments in the
He said with the changing lifestyle resulting in the
emergence of diseases, which were hitherto uncommon in the
Ghanaian environment, health professionals needed to speed
up in responding to the changing health needs of the people
by adopting the culture of constant renewal of their
knowledge base in medicine.
Professor Adjei said KATH was well aware of the critical
importance of continuing medical education and was ever
ready to embrace any initiative and interventions that were
geared at improving the quality of medical training at all
levels of the profession.
This would put it in a better position to achieve accurate
diagnosis, effective treatment and quick recuperation of
patients and thus ensure the optimum use of the limited
resources available to the health sector.