390 new doctors to be employed …as Health Ministry gets financial clearance

The Health Ministry has secured financial clearance and is ready to post some 390 new medical doctors to various health facilities in the country, Minister for Health Kweku Agyeman-Manu has declared.

The minister disclosed this on the Floor of Parliament when he was answering a question posed by a member on behalf of MP for Krachi West, Helen Adjoa Ntoso, seeking answers to when a medical superintendent will be posted to the Krachi West District Hospital.

He noted: “The good news for me is that we got financial clearance only yesterday to actually employ 390 new doctors; and if Krachi West truly has not got a medical superintendent within the next four weeks or so, we will make sure that we post a medical superintendent to the hospital”.

He however indicated that following receipt of the notice to answer the question in Parliament, he made some checks which indicated there is already a medical superintendent at post at the Krachi West District Hospital.

“The information I got is the fact there are seven doctors in that hospital. Four of them are at post and three are in college trying to complete their specialisations. So, the data I have indicate that we have a medical superintendent in the hospital. That notwithstanding, I have asked the regional director to confirm the information and I will see how quickly we can rectify the matter,” the minister assured.

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Over the years, the country’s health facilities – especially those in the rural areas – have been faced with a lack of adequate health personnel to help deliver quality healthcare for patients.

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