Jumat, 05 Oktober 2012



Dr Samuel Yaw Opoku.
The Registrar of the Allied Health Task Force Secretariat, Dr Samuel Yaw Opoku , has appealed to the leadership of Parliament to do everything humanly possible to hasten the passage of the  Health Professions Regulatory Bill before the tenure of the current Parliament ends for the year.

He said the bill which also comprises of the Health Professions Regulatory Bill, when passed into an Act would regulate the training and practice of allied health professions in the country.

He said the need for such regulations was important due to the fact that the involvement of the private sector in the healthcare delivery system was on the increase.

“It is important to recognise the urgent need to protect “Patients” and ensure that the public are protected from the activities of those who have entered the healthcare delivery system with the sole aim of making money,” he said.

Dr Opoku made the call at the 2nd Induction and Oath Swearing –In ceremony of Allied Health Interns today in Accra.

The ceremony was on the theme, “Delivering Safe and Effective Practice in Allied Health Professions through Efficient and Responsive Regulatory Framework.”

He said with the advancement of with technological development in medical and health sciences, there was the need to show concern about the calibre and competencies of people who worked in the various medical fields.

He advised the interns to be cautiously innovative, continually search for new knowledge and seek advice from colleagues when necessary.

Dr Opoku further urged them to be guided by true sense of brotherliness and nationhood adding that they should not be too frequent with strike actions and abandon the country for money.

Speaking on the theme, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Professor Fred Binka revealed that 52 per cent of the health workforce was located in the district level and 15.6 per cent located in the sub district level.

He said the regional hospitals constituted 8.9 of the workforce and a further 12.4 were located within the teaching hospitals hence the figures unacceptable.

He, therefore called for more professionals into the healthcare system in order to increase the workforce to serve the underserved rural populations.

This he said would lead to displacing the untrained service providers thereby delivering safe and effective practices at the district level to ensure a healthy population for national development.

Professor Binka encouraged the interns to put their knowledge into practice in order to contribute the quota fully to the society.

The Deputy Minister of Health, Mr Rojo Mettle-Nunoo in his remarks lauded the efforts of the task force secretariat for being able to facilitate continious professional development in the country.

He assured them of the Ministry’s effort to secure funds to support their activities as it remains one of the key tasks to better place the profession and reduce numerous medico-legal issues that arise from professional negligence.

He advised the interns to turn every challenge they encounter into an opportunity so as to be able to defend and honour their chosen careers other than to bring disgrace to themselves.

“Let your hard work reflect in your day to day activities as you strive for excellence in support of the vision of the health sector,” he added.

Mr Mettle-Nunoo  further assured  them of the Ministry’s commitment  of improving human capital for the country’s development efforts.

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