WAHEB to resume public health examination

By Caroline Pomeyie, GNA

Accra, Sept. 6, GNA
– The West African Health Examinations Board (WAHEB) Ghana Chapter, would start
conducting examination and awarding certificates to environmental health
officers and public health nurses next year.

The organisation
has faced challenges including lack of funds, poor record of finances, and poor
legal recognition, which led to the secession of the Ghana chapter formerly
known as Ghana Health Examinations Board.

Addressing a
conference in Accra, on Monday, Mr Isaac Newton Dzahene, the Acting Secretary
and Registrar of WAHEB said as a result of the challenges, Ghana was not
represented in WAHEB meetings.

Mr Dzahene said:
“WAHEB will work on solving the problems it faced in the past years, and revive
its operations in 2017.”

He explained that
WAHEB certificate awarded to public health nurses and environmental health
officers “is internationally recognised and allows health practitioners who
acquire it to work in any other West African country”.

Mr Lawrence Odartey
Lawson, the Head of Allied Health, Health Training Institution Secretariat,
said the intake for environmental health course is dwindling and called for the
rebranding of the schools.

Dr Ado H. Bello,
the Executive Chairman of WAHEB, Nigeria said the headquarters of the
organisation did not receive a formal letter of secession from Ghana and
therefore it still considers the country as an active member and thus making
preparations for the for the next exams.

He added: “Public
health education institutes should be upgraded and rebranded to make the course
attractive to students. In Nigeria, one can acquire an HND in public health,
top up to get a degree and even acquire a masters in a European country.”  

He urged WAHEB
Ghana, to resume its operation in order for the local public health students to
enjoy the benefits of the WAHEB certificate.

Dr Bello said the
examination and certification would be expanded to cover other nationals.

WAHEB is limited to
Anglophone countries in West Africa.


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