By Philip Tengzu, GNA
Wa, (UWR), Dec. 14, GNA – The government has
been called upon to put in stringent efforts to improve the health sector in
the Upper West Region to enhance quality service delivery.
Government should also put in measures to
compel health personnel to accept postings to the Region to improve health
conditions in the area.
Mr Prosper Puo-Ire, the Upper West Regional
Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), made the call
at a News conference in Wa on the status of the health sector in the region.
He said the health situation in the region
was not encouraging and emphasised the need for the government to step up
efforts to improve the situation by posting more health staff to the region.
He alleged that health personnel who refused
posting to the Upper West Region were reposted to other parts of the country
and said that was a contributing factor to the falling standards of health
service delivery in the region.
“It is an undeniable fact that the south is
well endowed with health professionals than the north. How on earth, will a
Director General knowing this fact, still post out staff from less-endowed
regions to well-endowed ones”, Mr Puo-Ire said.
He alleged that in 2018 for instance, three
Medical Officers were posted to the Region, but only one reported, while in
2019, 15 Medical Officers were posted to the region with only three reporting
and questioned the where about of those officers who did not report.
On the new Upper West Regional Hospital, Mr
Puo-Ire questioned why a Medical Director had still not been appointed for the
new facility about four months after it was commissioned.
He said there was the need for the
ultra-modern facility to be headed by an experienced and hardworking Medical
Superintendent to ensure the effective functioning of the facility.
“It is proper to look within the region and
appoint hard working medical personnel, who have served us, who understand our
socio-cultural dynamics and who has respected the Upper West Region.
“It will serve as a motivation to other
medical personnel to accept posting to the Region”, Mr Puo-Ire added.