Ghanaians boost UK health system

Ghanaians boost UK health system

- 2,289 Ghanaian health staff under the United Kingdom’s (UK) National Health Service (NHS)

- Ghana, on the other hand, continues to struggle with a deficit of critical health workers

Over 2000 Ghanaian health staff are currently working under the United Kingdom (UK)'s National Health Service (NHS), statistics from 2016 say.

Per the figures, Ghana is among the countries with most of its citizens plying their trade in the British Health Sector.

Ghanaians boost UK health system

WHO standards peg 40 nurses for every 10,000 patients as an acceptable ration, but Ghana’s is said to be 22 nurses for every 10,000 people

The number of Ghanaians in the UK's NHS is only bettered by that of Nigeria, with South Africa and Egypt following in down the pecking order.

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There are currently 2,289 Ghanaians working as health staff in the UK, with Nigeria having 5,040 of its citizens in the sector, while South Africa contributes 1,626 persons and Egypt also having 887.

The U.K. Itself can only provide 971,878 persons staff in the country's health sector, with their jobs cut out between being doctors, cleaners and midwives.

The figures have come as a shock to many, however, the reason for more Africans striving to work in Europe is due to the better  incentives that they receive.

A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that poor countries, especially in Africa, do not have the needed number of doctors to cater for the people.

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The situation is no different in Ghana, with the country falling way short of the pegged 40 nurses for every 10,000.

Currently, the county has just 22 nurses for every 10,000 people, limiting the effectiveness of health delivery to the people.

The influx of African citizens into European countries in order to make a living has lead to calls for the countries that of provides the the labour be given compensation.

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However, that call looks like a far cry, with member countries opting to rather advice against the recruitment of health officials from countries that are already short in numbers in the health sector.


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