The Ministry of Health is set to develop a comprehensive policy aimed at enhancing the training, deployment, retention, and reintegration of the nation’s healthcare workforce. This initiative seeks to address the critical issue of health worker migration within the country. Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, while making this announcement, emphasized that the policy’s objective is to achieve both “financial and brain gain” by strategically deploying healthcare professionals overseas through mutually beneficial bilateral agreements.
This announcement took place during the annual performance review meeting of the Health, Agriculture, Relief and Development Services of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) in Accra, which centered around the theme of “Jesus Christ, the Alpha and the Omega: Spreading the gospel through impactful social services.” The event was attended by notable figures, including the Moderator-elect of the PCG, Rev. Dr. Abraham Nana Opare Kwakye, and the Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCG, Rev. Dr. Godwin Nii Noi Odonkor.
The Minister explained that the policy is a response to the ongoing global issue of health sector migration, which has presented significant challenges to the sector. Furthermore, the Ministry has been actively engaged in efforts to enhance the training, recruitment, and retention of healthcare workers. Agyeman-Manu praised the PCG for its longstanding contribution to the socio-economic development of the country, particularly in the field of healthcare delivery. He also emphasized the government’s commitment to partnering with religious institutions for the accelerated development of the nation.