The Ghana Medical and Dental Council has inducted 229 newly qualified medical and dental practitioners, further boosting Ghana’s healthcare delivery system.
The new practitioners are from the University Of Ghana Medical School, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology School of Medical Sciences Dental School, University of Cape Coast School of Medical Sciences and the University for Development Studies School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
They also include foreign-trained practitioners who took and passed the Council’s registration examination.
They were issued with provisional registration certificates to enable them to undertake their two-year housemanship in accredited health institutions, a prerequisite for permanent registration.
Their second year would also count as their National Service.
Earlier in the week, 403 Physician’s Assistants were also inducted into office bringing the total number of healthcare professionals being admitted into the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to 632, the largest batch ever to be enrolled.
The Minister of Health, Mr Alex Segbefia, in a speech read on his behalf at the ceremony said the induction was taking place at a time when the health sector was beginning to rethink its strategy for securing the health of the nation.
“This is because today’s heath care system is increasingly being defined by the demands of access, safety, quality and cost,” he stated.
“Our disease burden continues to be dominated by preventable and easily treatable diseases and the persistent burden of childhood communicable diseases, for which preventive and simple curative measures are widely available, says a lot about the progress we have made over the years,” he stated.
The Minister, therefore, urged the young doctors to take up the challenge of making a difference where those before them had not.
Mr Segbefia advised them to commit themselves to the philosophy of self-development through continuous learning and involvement in professional development programmes so as to ensure competent services at all times.