Health sector to develop human capital

A Deputy Minister of Health, Mr Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu, says the government is committed to the development of the human capital in the health sector. That, according to him, is to ensure that the country meets the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on health.

Mr Gyedu was speaking at the first national Biomedical Engineering conference and formal commencement of the training programme of biomedical professionals in Accra on Friday.

It was on the theme: “Biomedical and Heath Engineering: The practices and impacts in Ghana.” Mr Gyedu said biomedical health professionals were key drivers in healthcare delivery and the government recognised them as such.

Maintenance capacity

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Medi Wise International Company Limited, Dr Polycarp Reccy Asman, in his keynote address, challenged the professionals to build their capacity in the maintenance of medical equipment and devices.

He noted that institutions training biomedical health professionals did not have adequate equipment or devices to do so and, therefore, students were not exposed to any of the equipment during their training.

He said equipment management became a challenge when the administrators were not part of the development, and urged professionals to build their capacity in maintaining them.

Audit

The Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare, in his statement, said in line with the government’s policy on having a functional hospital in each region and district, there was going to be a resident biomedical professional in each of the health facilities.

Flowing from that, an audit of equipment was going to be conducted soon to find out the equipment gaps and what could be done in recalibrating some for reuse or training.

He also indicated that he would begin dialoguing with stakeholders for the professional regulation of the sector.

The acting President of the Ghana Biomedical Engineering Society, Mr James Blankson Aidoo, said the association had chalked up some successes, including being recognised internationally as a professional body.