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General News | Jun 26, 2004

Regional Director urges doctors, nurses to remain in the country

GNA

Berekum (B/A) June 26, GNA - Dr Mohammed Bin Ibrahim, Brong Ahafo Regional Director of Health Services, has urged doctors and nurses to appreciate the huge expenses incurred on their training and stay in the country to help promote the good health of the people.

Dr Ibrahim was addressing students of the Berekum Nurses Training College on Thursday as part of a two-day familiarization tour of health facilities in the district. He expressed dismay about the increasing exodus of nurses and doctors to other countries to the detriment of the development of homeland Ghana, which provided for their training.

The Regional Medical Director appealed to the students to place the development of the country above their personal gains and interests. "Our forefathers toiled with their sweat and blood to sustain the country and we should follow their good example to further build it".

Dr Ibrahim expressed regret about infant mortality rate in the country, as compared with other countries and called on health workers to work assiduously to improve health delivery services in the country. He said 64 out of every 1,000 children born in the country died before they attained one year while only three out of the lot died in developed countries.

"Two hundred and fourteen out of 100,000 pregnant women in Ghana also die during delivery while only three out of 10,000 in developed countries lost their lives", the medical director added. Dr Ibrahim announced that the Ghana Health Services had a programme to boost the morale of doctors and nurses to enable them to stay in the country after their training to serve the people.

"Health workers will have to decide for themselves either to enjoy from a housing scheme or a car loan to enhance their lifestyles", he said and urged the students to take their studies seriously.

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