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Minister Advices Doctors Not To Neglect Rural Communities

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Mr Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu, the Deputy Minister of Health has advised medical practitioners to look beyond their comfort zones and serve in rural communities where medical services are gravely needed.

Mr Aboagye gave this advice on last week Friday at the induction ceremony organised by the Ghana Medical and Dental Council (MDC) for 180 newly qualified medical practitioners in Accra.

According to him, the Ghana’s health sector is currently burdened with several challenges ranging from limited logistics to scarce resource.

He said, the ministry was also aware of the rising burden of both communicable and non-communicable diseases, road traffic crushes, as well as negative lifestyle practices that weighed heavily on some professionals.

However, Mr Aboagye admonished that these shortfalls should not deter medical practitioners from being committed to the service of humanity.

He added that health care professionals in the midst of these challenges should use dialogue rather than industrial actions to address their grievances.

In order to bridge some of the gaps facing the health sector, Mr Aboagye Gyedu said, the government of Ghana had invested in the provision of improved accommodation for House Officers in the rural areas.

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A charge to keep

At the induction, Professor Mike Ocquaye, the Speaker of Parliament who chaired the ceremony also charged the doctors to live by the principles of the Physician’s Oath also unknown as the “Hippocratic Oath” which they had sworn to uphold. The Oath requires doctors to be dedicated to saving lives.

Professor Ocquaye said that while upholding and valuing the Oath, practitioners must be mindful of their actions and inactions as they could lead to irreparable consequences on human life.

“You must also respect the dignity of your patients and eschew any form of professional malpractices that could bring shame or bring the name of your profession into disrepute,” he said.

The doctors who were initiated had met all the requirements of the council after going through years of training from various medical institutions in the country. The institutions include; the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Development Studies―Tamale. Other inductees were foreign trained doctors who sat and passed the Council’s exams.

Source: Grace Ablewor Sogbey/The Publisher Newspaper

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