The Northern Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has exposed 24 medical Doctors who have rejected postings to the region.
11 of the said Doctors were among the 2011 batch while the remaining 13 were among the 2012 year group.
The Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Akwesi Twumasi exposed them at a media briefing in Tamale ahead of the launch of the 2012 National Family Planning Week Celebration on September 26.
He expressed worry over the conduct of those Doctors who have since been receiving salaries though absent at their duty post.
Dr. Twumasi challenged health practitioners particularly Doctors to preserve their professional dignity by committing themselves to the service of the nation.
He noted that as indispensable service providers, it is expected that Doctors and other paramedical staff would render their services to all irrespective of their geographical locations.
He further called for decentralization of the human resource department of the health sector to promote effective monitoring and supervision of health workers.
Dr. Twumasi observed that socio-cultural practices, inadequate health care facilities, equipment, personnel, road infrastructure and ignorance in the northern were the major obstacles to attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MGD) on quality health care delivery to all.
the Deputy Regional Director in Charge of Public Health, Dr. Jacob Mahama, said the MDG five would be unachievable because family planning has been ignored as a public health priority.
According to him, the increase in knowledge of family planning in the country had reached global standard but was quick to add that the situation has not corresponded with the actual contraception practices.
He therefore urged the media to place premium on issues of family planning.
The 2012 National Family Planning Week Celebration scheduled for the Northern Region on September 26 will be celebrated under the theme: “Making every Pregnancy a Celebration: A Partnership With Religious and Traditional Leaders.”
Activities lined up include interreligious dialogue with Imams, Pastors and Chiefs, flout, radio discussions and free family planning screening exercise.
By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/Citifmonline.com/Ghana