Veep launches scholarships for postgraduate training of Doctors in Ghana
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has launched the scholarships for postgraduate training of Doctors in Ghana in fulfillment of President Akufo-Addo’s promise to make post-graduate medical education in Ghana free.
In line with this, the school fees for the 918 residents and senior residents enrolled in the 2019/2020 academic year has been covered under this new arrangement with the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat.
A total amount of GHS 6,885,000.00 (six million eight hundred and eighty-five thousand) Ghana cedis has been released to the College to offset more than half of the projected budget of 11 million Ghana cedis which the College required to achieve its mandate this year.
According to him, the government is committed to the health of Ghanaians and will do everything possible to assure all citizens of accessible, affordable and available health service delivery and committed to investing in all aspects of the health system – in physical infrastructure and soft infrastructure by leveraging on technology to leapfrog our development.
The Vice President said access to good healthcare is not only about providing physical infrastructure, which he said the government is committed to, but also investing in health professionals to deliver quality service.
“Access (to healthcare) is not only in providing physical infrastructure. We need the health professionals who deliver the services, who are well trained to be able to make the difficult decisions, sometimes even tragic choices, in delivering health services. Training is therefore critical if any health system will survive over time,” said Dr. Bawumia.
The Vice President further stated that in fulfilment of its promise to fund the postgraduate training of doctors, government, in line with the terms of conditions of service document signed with the Ghana Medical Association for doctors and dentists, agreed to provide direct funding towards the training of doctors to lift burden off medical facilities who were hitherto struggling to fund their doctors.
“We realised that the previous arrangements of funding training through health facilities was severely hampered by the ability of facilities to pay. This led to an unfortunate situation when some facilities could not rely on their own funding to provide the needed staff training.”
“Under this new funding arrangement, the Ministry (of Health) has successfully fulfilled its obligation for the 2018/2019 academic year, and I am happy to announce that all the school fees for the 918 residents and senior residents enrolled in the 2019/2020 academic year has been covered under this new arrangement with the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat.”
Present at the launch was the Minister of Health, Dr. Kweku Agyemang Manu, who expressed the Ministry’s delight at the Scholarship Secretariat’s intervention to absorb the fees for the postgraduate training of doctors.
Others present were: Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Okoe Boye, Registrar of the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat, Kingsley Agyeman and representatives of the Ghana Medical Association and Ghana College of Physician and Surgeons.