The director of Ghana Health Service in the Central region, Dr Alexis Nang-Beifubah, has expressed that unwillingness of residents to be generous to doctors in the region is one of the causes of a lack of doctors in the region.
According to Dr Nang-Beifuah, the cost of living in the Central region also puts off the interest of doctors into availing themselves to the people in that part of Ghana. He mentioned food as one of the most expensive things.
The regional director made this known at the 2019 Central Regional Health Sector annual performance review meeting held at University of Cape Coast (UCC).
The meeting attracted student nurses, medical students as well as health workers and traditional authorities among others.
Speaking to the audience, Dr Nang-Beifuah mentioned that: “A young doctor who has graduated from his or her service with huge debts cannot use his 5% of his or her salary to buy food."
The programme was held under the theme “Achieving Universal Health Coverage: The role of stakeholders”.
Dr Nang-Beifuah added that in recent months, the region was allocated 13 medical officers and three dental officers, making a total of 16 postings.
Out of the number, only four of them responded to their invitation for the recruitment interview because of some of the challenges he cited.
Dr. Nang Beifubah said two of the four who came to the Central region insisted they wanted to be at the Kasoa Polyclinic, a place curiously close to Ghana's comparatively well-resourced capital, Accra.
He stated that at the end of it when the regional health directorate concluded the interviews and issued out their posting letters, none of the returned to take up their postings.
Dr. Nang-Beifubah underscored the need for local authorities and the regional public to pay closer attention to how they receive and interact with posted doctors. He was of the hope that this would engineer good grounds for medical officers to go there.
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