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People from the Upper East Region don’t want to work here – Reg. Mental Health Coordinator

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Edem Quarshie Ameglah, the Upper East Regional Mental Health Coordinator has noted with concerns the refusal of health practitioners originally from the Upper East Region refusing postings to the region without any viable explanations.

He said the situation is particularly worrying as it affects the number of health practitioners available to offer health services to the over a million people resident in the Upper East Region.

Speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East, Mr. Ameglah said he had encountered several situations where people blatantly refused postings to the region or worked for just a year or two, contact top political personalities to facilitate their exit out of the region.

Mr. Ameglah was worried about the brain drain as a result of this.

“A lot of them [mental health officers] were posted here, but they are not coming. Those who have come, they have started going back. The colleague that I worked with when I was in Accra, he is from Tongo, I tried talking to him and he did not agree”.

“Someone was posted and sent to Garu, in less than 2 months, that person was on my heels when he realized I would not give in, he went to see a political leader to influence,” he recounted.

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A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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