The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Prof. Agyeman Badu Akosa, has described the human resource situation of the service as critical.
He said the situation had become so bad that there was no way any health worker could perform effectively. Attributing the problem to migration within the service he said, “how could only 1,700 doctors take care of about 20 million people and do it effectively?”.
Figures provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Ghana showed that in 2002 alone, the country lost 70 doctors, 77 pharmacists and 214 nurses.
Speaking to journalists after a presentation ceremony in his office yesterday, Prof Akosa said it was not the desire of any doctor to see the sick die but there was little Ghanaian doctors could do under the current situation.
At the ceremony, Star 100, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), made up of a group of young Ghanaian professionals domiciled in England and the United States, presented four haemoglobin meters at the cost of 1,700 pounds to the GHS.
The meters were to be distributed to health centres within densely populated areas to check the haemoglobin level of patients, especially pregnant women to prevent anaemia.
Prof. Akosa said the nation currently had about 550 health centres which lacked most basic equipment such as haemoglobin meters and said the Nima Health Centre in Accra would be the first to receive one because of its peculiar location.
Touching on his expectation for the year 2006, the director-general expressed the hope that a way would be found out of the human resource problem facing the health sector to ensure improved delivery.
He also expressed the desire that every Ghanaian especially the poor would register under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), adding that it was wrong for anybody to politicise health issues.
The leader of Star 100, Mr William Tawiah, said the donation was a token from the group and more would be added if a positive feed back was received from the beneficiaries.
Story by Lucy Adoma Yeboah