A new initiative to ensure the smooth and quick return of practicing health care professionals abroad is to commence soon.
The package dubbed, the ”returnee programme”, is a Ministry of Health initiative.
Mr Alex Segbefia, Minister of health who announced this during the commissioning of the new Shai Osudoku hospital, in Dodowa explained that these activities are expected to provide an excellent patient care to all especially those who patronize the facility.
”The Ministry of Health is equally seeking best practices in the management of middle level hospitals with the view of instituting functional management structures for effective running of the facility right from the onset”, Mr Segbefia said.
In the same vein, the Ministry of Health says it will provide resources for the training and retraining of staff for the facility.
Minister of Health, Mr. Alex Segbefia also announced that the facility will continue to receive maintenance from its main contractors, NMSI.
The deal he said forms part of the contract to provide a three year engineering and maintenance service of the 120 bed capacity hospital.
Efforts, Mr Segbefia said would be made to facilitate technology transfer to in-house technical staff to continue with Planned Preventive Maintenance of the hospital equipment at the end of the deal.
In 2015, over a 150 clinical staff received a 4-week training programme to promote a safe and effective use of the medical equipment and to understand Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), user manuals and maintenance requirements when they move to the new hospital.
Commissioning the facility, President John Dramani Mahami remarked that Ghana’s currently experiencing an annual population growth rate above two percent which translates into an increase of about half a million people added to the population every year, hence the need to expand health facilities to accommodate the increase in population.
He added that the establishment of these facilities has equally challenged the government to have a policy of increasing the number of health training institutions for the training of more health personnel, doctors, nurses including other paramedical staff.