Physician Assistants and Anaesthetics inducted

By D. I. Laary, GNA

Accra, Aug 15, GNA
– The Ghana Medical and Dental Council (MDC) has inducted 267 Physician
Assistants and Registered Certified Anaesthetists into the Council to augment
the equitable distribution of personnel in the health sector.

They took the Oath
of Office and the National Pledge which enjoins them to uphold the tenets of
patient anatomy, beneficence, non-malfeasance and justice as well as defend the
good name of Ghana.

The inductees are
also personally accountable for their actions and inactions in their
professional practice and must be prepared to justify their decisions.

Dr Eric Asamoa, the
Chairman of the MDC, congratulated the inductees on their efforts and
dedication throughout their studies, admonishing them to pursue excellence in
their profession.

He charged the
physician assistants to abide by the very core competences of the medical
profession which includes effective and appropriate application of medical
knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patience and care,
professionalism, continual learning and professional growth, knowing their
limits and calling for help.

He said the
physician assistants would contribute to the well-being of persons resident in
Ghana and would be very useful in district hospitals, health centres and other
facilities and areas that were crying for healthcare practitioners.

The functions of
the Council, he said, were to assess facilities and contents of programmes for
the training of doctors, dentists and physician assistants, conduct examination
for foreign trained medical and dental practitioners and physician assistants,
prescribe and enforce professional standards among other things.

Dr Asamoa,
therefore, advised them to adhere to the professional standards and conduct of
the MDC to deliver the best services to Ghanaians.

He urged all
institutions that had not obtained programme accreditation from the MDC to do
so to enable their students to partake in the examinations conducted by the
Council.

Dr Caroline
Tettehfio, the Director of the School of Anaesthesia at the 37 Military
Hospital also urged them to be selfless and not to discriminate against
patients and serve the Ghanaian populace.

The inductees are
from the College of Health and Well-being, Kintampo, the Central University
College, Presbyterian University, Narh Bita College and the Schools of
Anaesteisia, of 37 Military Hospital, Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Komfo
Anokye Teaching Hospital and University for Development Studies.

They would be
issued with provisional registrations to enable them to undertake their one-year
internship in an accredited institution, a prerequisite for permanent
registration which would also serve as national service.

They would, among
other things, diagnose and treat illnesses, conduct physical examinations,
counsel on preventative health issues, and order and interpret laboratory
tests.

GNA

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