Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra)
October 11, 2006
Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
THE CHIEF Executive Officer of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has identified the pursuit of postgraduate training as one reason why health professionals travel outside the country.
He has consequently appealed to the sector Ministry, corporate bodies and health institutionsto fully support the Ghana College of Physicians andSurgeonsto strengthen postgraduate training programmes in Ghana.
According to Nsiah-Asare, such a support would help build a capacity of our medical professionals to effectively face emerging challenges in the field.
He was opening a four-day annual 'Advances in Medicine' conference sponsored by KATH in collaborationwith the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Olmsted Outreach and Africa Medical Partners of the USA, and organized in Kumasi on Monday.
Participants were drawn from Ghana, USA, La Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Burkina Faso among other countries.
The KATH CEO noted thatresource limitationshad underminedthe effective institutionof a well-structured continuouseducation programmefor medical personnel in Africa,adding that the organization of a high quality conferenceof this nature had come to fill a vital needin the health profession.
He noted that with the changing life style resulting in the development of diseases whichhitherto were uncommonin our environment,we can only speedup ourresponsesto the changing health needsof the people by cultivatingthe culture of constant renewal of our knowledge in medicine to better equip us to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment and quicker recuperation of patientsand thus ensurethe optimum use of the limited resourcesavailable to the health sector.
The hospital administratoradvisedmedical personnel not to be contentwith their first qualification from the medical school and not to get carried away by the praises communities shower on them due to the nature of their profession, but rather further theireducation to international standards in order not to be found wanting in the practice of their profession.
His admonition follows the realization that "systematic programme of continuous education and world class refresher courses have created worrying state of knowledge deficit among practitioners in terms of current developments in the medical field".
Dr. Lewis Roberts, Medical Director, Africa Partners Medical Consultant and Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, USA, said medicine changes rapidly; hence the need for refresher courses for health personnel to upgrade themselves to international standards.
He cited low remuneration of health professionals and lack ofequipment, which prevent healthprofessionals from fulfilling their potentials fully as the chief causeof brain drain in Africa. He has therefore advisedthe governmentto improve in that area to halt the brain drain.
He was howeverimpressed about the significant improvements in the Ghanaian health industry in recent times, saying, "the introduction of the NationalHealth InsuranceScheme (NHIS) is a major plus for Ghana and must be sustained".
Dr. K. Ohene Frimpong revealed that sickle cell disease in Africa has increased alarmingly recently, adding, "Though it cannot be curedcompletely, it can be prevented by educatingAfricansto adopt prenatal tests, which when donecan give the health professionals some cluesabout whether the baby is infected with sickle cell or not for prompt treatment.
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