UE/R: Low Doctor-Patient ratio threatens quality health delivery

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Upper East Regional health administration is worried about the declining doctor-patient ratio in the region. On yearly basis, medical doctors and other specialists refuse postings to the region due to varied reasons.

As a result, quality and accessible healthcare delivery in the Upper Eat Region is said to be threatened in all public hospitals.

Currently, there are 41 medical doctors serving in the region which has a population of 1,216, 680 per the 2017 demography of Ghana Health Service.

Speaking to the media during the 2018 mid-year review meeting of the health sector in Bolgatanga Tuesday, Upper East Regional Health Director, Dr. Winfred Ofosu, disclosed doctor-patient ratio in the region stands at 1:30,000. This is far below the revised doctor-patient ration of 1:600 by the World Health Organisation.

He blames the situation on lack of residential accommodation and lack of incentives for doctors and other para-health professionals in the region and promised existing but not-in-good shape bungalows meant for doctors will be renovated to accommodate the next batch of postings to the region.

The two-day review meeting is on the theme: ‘Achieving Sustainable Development Goals targets for maternal and child health – the role of technology.




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