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30.08.2005 Regional News

PNC expresses shock at death of Urologists


Accra, Aug. 30, GNA - The People's National Convention (PNC) on Tuesday expressed shock at the death of three Urologists of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital saying it was more tragic when the doctor-patient ratio was very low.

A statement signed by Mr Bernard Mornah for the Acting General Secretary said it was devastating to watch these doctors, who had denied themselves the luxury of seeking greener pastures and retirement, to die while executing services to liberate their kin throughout the length and breath of the country.

The PNC appealed to the government to institute the relevant policies of education that would ensure that more doctors were produced to stem the tide of a few doctors traversing the country to attend to patients.

"This particular loss, we believe, could have been avoided if we had enough doctors (urologists) in all regions of Ghana.

"It is our view that the current high cost associated with training medical professionals, lawyers and education in general would add fuel to the blazing inferno of brain drain that has so drastically hit Ghana over the years."

Professor J.M.K. Quartey, Dr Isaac Bentsi and Dr Benjamin Osei-Wiafe died in the accident last Saturday on the Bunso-Apedwa stretch of the Accra-Kumasi road.

The three were part of a medical team returning from an outreach programme at the Sunyani General Hospital. 30 Aug. 05