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Health Practitioners Urged to Stay in Ghana

According to the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) over 4,000 nurses have left Ghana for Europe between January and July 2023.

Amidst the escalating concern over healthcare professionals departing the country in pursuit of better prospects abroad, Professor Afua Adwoa Jectey Hesse, President of the Accra College of Medicine, has urged medical professionals to remain in the country and contribute to its rapid development.

She asserts that it is incumbent upon all citizens to actively contribute to the nation’s advancement, highlighting the consequential depletion of the healthcare workforce with each departure.

“Love your country and don’t be in a hurry to abandon it to go and develop another country.” You are needed here.” she said.

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According to the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) over 4,000 nurses have left Ghana for Europe between January and July 2023.

This move Professor Hesse believes impedes the provision of essential medical services in hospitals.

Professor Hesse made these remarks during a White Coat ceremony held to induct students at the School of Medicine and Pharmacy of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) in Ho, Volta Region, into their clinical year after successfully completing their pre-clinical training.

Addressing the theme, “The Path to Entrepreneurial Excellence in Healthcare,” she challenged the students to cultivate a mindset that would enable them to create job opportunities for themselves rather than relying solely on the government.

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Furthermore, Professor Hesse advised the students to continuously add value to themselves, strive for excellence, and embrace creativity to seize opportunities that come their way.

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