MoH To Resort To Vacancy Postings In Rural Areas

Source The Ghana Report

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has announced plans to swap the mode of employment from the usual compulsory postings to a system based on vacancies in the health sector.

He made this statement in response to a question posed by the Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, in Parliament on the measures by the Ministry of Health to ensure that medical doctors posted to deprived parts of the country take up their postings.

According to Mr Agyeman-Manu, the ministry is working behind the scenes to assess the situation.

Dr Apaak also suggested that the ministry should have a timeline policy on posting doctors so that those who fail to report to their specific destinations on the set date stand the chance of losing their opportunities.

He says, “as we speak, this is a practical reality. For example, in the Upper East Region, last year of all the 10 doctors posted there, not even one took up his position and this year only five.”

In response, Mr Agyeman-Manu indicated that he does not control all the activities.

“Some of them are outside my environment. Depending on when we finish the validation I get my cabinet memo done and approved, then I come to Parliament to what we have agreed upon, and then we roll out”.

“That is why we said we can’t wait for the problem you mentioned to continue. It is not the Upper East alone when you go to the Eastern region last year; we sent ten there only one reported,” Mr. Agyeman-Manu noted.

“So if we tell you that there is a vacancy for a doctor and you are ready and apply, we will interview you and post you there. So that idea of we will just get financial clearance and post doctors where they need to go, and some will not go, we are stopping that”.

“You will sit at home and look at adverts for vacancies. If you are interested, Mr Speaker, we will post you. If you are not interested, we can’t continue adding on to doctors in Accra. So that is the measure we are adopting,” the Health Minister added.

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