Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health, has said the government remains committed to the gradual absorption of the backlog of qualified Nursing and Midwifery professionals into the healthcare delivery system.
He admitted that although the process may take a bit longer for professionals who were waiting for their turns to be employed, the process required more patience and improved strategy, owing to the huge numbers involved and the fact that more facilities, especially Community Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) must be expanded while existing health infrastructures upgraded.
Mr. Agyeman-Manu was speaking in Accra, at the induction ceremony for the 2018 batch of 8,610 Newly qualified Nurse Assistants, Nurses, and Midwives, who constituted those from the Southern Sector alone.
He said a total of 20,034 of such professionals were inducted this year with 5,321 and 6,103 coming from the Northern and Middle Sectors of the country respectively.
The Health Minister stated that notwithstanding the challenges inherent in the recruitment of the critical mass of health professionals, plans were advanced with provisions made in the 2020 national budget to make this a reality.
He admitted that effective health systems were critical for national development, and so the government would work at ensuring that the right to health for all Ghanaians are guaranteed through an established public health system, with sustainable ability to deliver affordable, equitable, and easily accessible health care.