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GHS to decentralize recruitment procedures

By
Kwabia Owusu-Mensah GNA

Kumasi, June 19, GNA –
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is to decentralize recruitment procedures to promote
fair and equitable distribution of health professionals, Dr. Anthony Nsiah
Asare, the Director General, has announced.

He said it would allow
doctors, nurses and other health professionals to be posted to where their
services were needed most.

He indicated that the
Regional Health Directorates were going to be empowered to identify and
advertise for specific vacant positions available within health facilities in
their regions.

Dr. Nsiah Asare,
responding to concerns raised at the Methodist Health Professionals Conference
in Kumasi said the Directorates would conduct their own interviews and inform
the interested applicants of the location of the vacancy, rewards and other
incentives that go with it.

He added that this was
the way forward to make sure that those engaged were posted to the specific
location to work.

Those who would want
to be transferred would have to get financial clearance from the region they
would want to move to before their transfer could be granted.  

The conference brought
together members of the Methodist Church, working in the health sector to
brainstorm and share ideas of how to improve performance and raise the quality
of care to the people.

Dr. Nsiah Asare
pointed out that the nation had enough doctors, nurses and other professionals
and that the challenge was how to fairly distribute them to benefit all regions
and districts – to close the distribution gap between the rural and urban
centres.

The GHS as part of the
measures to close the gap was also discussing with the teaching hospitals to
appoint consultants for the regional and district hospitals to promote surgical
care in rural and deprived communities.

Dr Nsiah Asare, said
it was additionally, working with the National Health Insurance Authority
(NHIA) to include outreach programmes conducted by health facilities in the
insurance claims.

This would encourage
the facilities to regularly reach out to people in deprived communities to help
them access quality health care.

GNA

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