The President of Ghana Physicians Association (GPAA), Alhaji Chief Imoro Badana II, has asked government to consider the needs of Physician Assistants in the country very serious.
According to him, they remain the most neglected, less recognized and less remunerated among the health workforce in Ghana despite all the hard work exhibited in solidifying the gains in Ghana’s primary health care system and the health delivery machinery as a whole.
He was speaking at the 16th annual general conference of GPAA in Tamale. Alhaji Imoro also noted emphatically that government has failed to address issues of concern to the physician assistant profession through dialogue, issues of salary disparities among cadres of the same profession.
He said Ghana as a country in her quest to attain universal health coverage for her citizens must be seen strengthening the primary health care system through the allocation of materials and human resources, capacity building of primary health care providers, building and improving infrastructure, provision of equipment and logistics among others.
Going forward the leadership of the association entreats the ministry of health and its implementing agencies to adequately address the various issues facing the profession.
The conference was on the theme; "Primary health care a vehicle for attainment of universal health coverage; a call to strengthen the primary health care level’’.
The conference serves as a platform where physicians assistants nationwide meet to take stock of activities executed within the year under perspective, discuss challenges and find the way forward. It is also to elect new executives to manage the affairs of physician assistants in the country. BY: LILIAN D. WALTER