Kumasi, June 19, GNA – The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is to decentralize recruitment procedures to promote fair and equitable distribution of health professionals, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, the Director General, has announced.
He said it would allow doctors, nurses and other health professionals to be posted to where their services were needed most.
He indicated that the Regional Health Directorates were going to be empowered to identify and advertise for specific vacant positions available within health facilities in their regions.
Dr. Nsiah Asare, responding to concerns raised at the Methodist Health Professionals Conference in Kumasi said the Directorates would conduct their own interviews and inform the interested applicants of the location of the vacancy, rewards and other incentives that go with it.
He added that this was the way forward to make sure that those engaged were posted to the specific location to work.
Those who would want to be transferred would have to get financial clearance from the region they would want to move to before their transfer could be granted.
The conference brought together members of the Methodist Church, working in the health sector to brainstorm and share ideas of how to improve performance and raise the quality of care to the people.
Dr. Nsiah Asare pointed out that the nation had enough doctors, nurses and other professionals and that the challenge was how to fairly distribute them to benefit all regions and districts - to close the distribution gap between the rural and urban centres.
The GHS as part of the measures to close the gap was also discussing with the teaching hospitals to appoint consultants for the regional and district hospitals to promote surgical care in rural and deprived communities.
Dr Nsiah Asare, said it was additionally, working with the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to include outreach programmes conducted by health facilities in the insurance claims.
This would encourage the facilities to regularly reach out to people in deprived communities to help them access quality health care.