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Upper East Region has only 120 Physician Assistants; figure woefully inadequate – GPAA

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The Ghana Physicians Assistants Association (GPAA) is unhappy about the government’s disinterest in recruiting qualified Physician Assistants into the Ghana Health Service.

According to the GPAA, the Ministry of Health is reluctant in employing some 800 Physician Assistants who are currently at home after completing their internship.

The Association says it cannot fathom the government’s failure to employ its members despite opening portals twice for other healthcare professionals within the year 2021.

The attitude by the Ministry, it said, is affecting health service delivery at the primary healthcare level, particularly in the Upper East Region.

“As I speak now, as a region we have 120 Physician Assistants spread in all the health facilities; both private and public. There are still a majority of the health centres there without Physician Assistants. The standard is that we should have 4 Physician Assistants in a health centre. Now, many of the health facilities, we do not have a single one.”

The Upper East Regional President of the GPAA, Peter Ayamba made these comments on the Day Break Upper East Show. His comments were made on the back promises made by the government ahead of the 2020 elections.

The NPP promised to “facilitate the early placement of trained nurses, public health personnel, and teachers denied employment by the NDC.” In Mr. Ayamba’s opinion, the government has reneged on its promise.

“It looks like they are playing politics with our emotions. These are people who have finished school, sitting at home and would still be depending on their parents.”

“In our various health centres where we need Physician Assistants to fill the gap, they are not there. So people are sitting in the houses and yet we are still looking for staff to fill the gap because we are all looking at achieving universal health care. Until we are able to fill those gaps in the health sectors, especially in the rural areas, we will continue to face difficulties.”

Mr. Ayamba called on the MoH, to as a matter of urgency, attend to the needs of the Physician Assistants.

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

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