2000 nurses leave for better jobs abroad, according to the Health Ministry

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According to the Ministry of Health, some 2,000 nurses who formerly worked in state and mission hospitals in the nation have relocated abroad in recent years.

Of the emigrant nurses, at least 1,400 worked for the Ghana Health Service (GHS), and the remaining 600 were employed by Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) facilities.

However, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, the Minister of Health, who spoke at the Minister’s Press Conference in Accra yesterday, did not specify the time frame during which the migration took place.

According to him, the circumstance had not greatly complicated work at medical facilities.
“We are not getting very serious distress messages from the facilities that if we don’t bring new ones, they can’t work. We are managing the situation,” Hon Agyemang Manu stated.

The MoH was collaborating closely with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to streamline the migration policy in order to solve existing and potential future challenges, he added, notwithstanding the fact that the phenomenon of health workers migrating was a worldwide phenomenon.

Mr. Agyemang-Manu, who concentrated on three main areas of accomplishments policies, strategic plans, collaborations, and legislations; human resources for health accomplishments and national E-health project; and health infrastructure projects added that 636 nurses and midwives specialists were trained from 2019 to 2022, and 888 senior medical specialists also received training in various fields.

He stated that from 2017 to 2022, 152,472 people were hired.

Mr. Agyemang-Manu mentioned the creation of a vaccine institute in the nation, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) being named by the African Union Development Agency in August of this year as a regional center of regulatory excellence in vaccine regulatory oversight in Africa, and the FDA’s Centre for Laboratory Services and Research’s Drugs Laboratory achieving WHO-Prequalified Quality Control Laboratory status, the first in the ECOWAS region.

Mr. Agyemang-Manu stated that as part of the national digitalization agenda for the health sector, the ministry had since 2017 deployed an electronic patient record system. This was done to improve access to patient data at the point of care, improve claims management, and ensure system harmonisation.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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