Apply intelligence with good character – Mr Agyeman-Manu

Christabel Addo, GNA

Accra, Sept. 20, GNA – Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu,
the Minister of Health has urged graduating Allied Health professionals to
apply intelligence with good character, to achieve professionalism in their

He further discouraged them from compromising
on the ethics, Oath and Code of Conduct of the profession, as well as their
integrity, as others were doing, but to invest and attain high standards in
their service delivery, respecting their clients and other colleagues in their
course of practice. 

“You must maximise your training by applying
your skills combined with the humanity in you, to ensure quality health care
delivery”, he said.

Mr Agyeman-Manu gave the advice in an address
at the sixth Induction and Oath Swearing ceremony organised by the Allied
Health Professions Council (AHPC), for 1,500 newly qualified Professionals, who
were due for their mandatory one year internship practices.

The professionals included Audiologists,
Health Promotion officers, Community Mental Health officers, Disease Control
officers, Environmental Health and Health Information Officers.

Others were Nutritionists, Medical and Dental
Laboratory Scientists, Physiotherapists, Radiographers (Diagnostics and
Therapy), Dieticians, Optometrists, Sonographers, Speech Therapists, and
Occupational Therapists.

Mr Agyeman-Manu congratulated the graduands
for their achievements, praying that, they pressed ahead to achieve excellence
in their practices, and to contribute their quota towards the achievement of
the Universal Health Coverage.

He said although government acknowledged the
numerous constraints that confronted the Allied Health profession, their role
in quality health care delivery was very much valued, and seen as indispensable
to the attainment of the health-related and other Sustainable Development Goals

He however expressed his concern about the
proliferation of quack medical laboratories and practices, which was gradually
assuming an alarming trend, and charged the AHPC to take immediate steps to
arrest the situation.

Mr Agyeman-Manu said government remained
committed to expanding the training of Allied Health Professionals by improving
its investment in their education, and further ensure a paradigm shift by
prioritising their placement on the job market.

He also stressed on the use of dialogue in
addressing their grievances and needs, rather than resorting to strike actions,
and urged the health professionals to remain loyal to their Oath of practice.

Prof. Clement Opoku-Okrah, a former Acting Registrar
of the Allied Health Professions Council, addressing the theme: “Achieving the
Health-Related Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of the Allied Health
professional”, insisted that although the acquisition of basic training and
skills were good, they required sustained scaling up to achieve maximum impact
on society.

He encouraged the graduands to seek further
training to boost their foundations, building up on what they had already
acquired to achieve high standards of professionalism to deliver quality
services to their clients.

He said health, was so much linked to the many
non-health related goals as they were inter-related, and it was the reason why
the sector must address all emerging challenges in a holistic manner,
eliminating as much as possible, the complex barriers that prevented access,
affordability and equality in quality services to all Ghanaians.   

He urged the government to ensure job security
and protection for especially, Allied Health Professionals, as well as
financial and other packages to boost the morale of those working in deprived
environment and communities, while enhancing the curriculum of training
institutions to embrace modern contents and models, making practical training a
core aspect of the course.

Dr Samuel Yaw Opoku, the current Acting
Registrar of the of the Allied Health Professions Council, led the graduands to
take the Allied Health Professions Oath, which among other things, commit
practitioners to guard and defend those who they served with respect to their
records and well-being.

He urged the practitioners to devote their
professional lives to the service of all mankind and consider the welfare of
humanity as their primary concern.

Dr Opoku said a total of 3,500 Allied Health
graduates had been prepared for induction this year, however these had been
divided into three batches due to the huge numbers, therefore the other
ceremonies would be held in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.


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