Medical Assistants recruited under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) have been advised to brace themselves for sacrifices in the health sector and seize opportunities for professional development in the sector.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Trade Fair Company, Ms Dzifa Ofori, was speaking at the launch of the Health Extension Workers Module of the NYEP in Kpando.
She reminded them to consider themselves fortunate to come by the opportunity to serve and make the best with their lives without entertaining any illusions about the sacrifices their assignments would entail.
Ms Ofori cautioned those who lacked commitment, communication skills and could not stand the sight of filth to reconsider their position.
Mr Pius Adanuti, Kpando District Chief Executive urged them to serve as role models in communities in which they would be working.
Dr Winfred Ofosu, Kpando District Health Director reminded them that they were being recruited at a time of shortage of health professionals and rising public expectation for high quality health delivery.
He said the shortage of personnel had led to the temporary closure of some health centres in the District including the Aveme-Danyigba Health Centre in 2006.
Mr Elikem Kofi Ahedor, Kpando District Co-ordinator of the NYEP said 70 Senior Secondary School leavers would undergo six months training, while on attachment to health facilities in the District.
He said the training would consist of two weeks theoretical work and four weeks practical work for the duration of the training period.