In a heartfelt appeal, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on healthcare professionals in Ghana to embrace the spirit of selflessness and accept postings to all parts of the country, particularly in areas where their services are most needed. The President expressed his concern over the refusal of some health workers to relocate to regions and districts facing a shortage of medical personnel.
Addressing an audience at the 60th anniversary celebrations of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Ghana, President Akufo-Addo emphasized the importance of emulating the dedication shown by their predecessors. He urged healthcare professionals to remember the sacrifices made by those who willingly served in all corners of the nation, even during times of greater adversity.
Acknowledging the global reputation of Ghanaian nurses and midwives, the President emphasized the need for a more balanced nurse-population ratio in the country. Despite six decades of nationhood, certain regions, districts, and underserved communities still face a shortage of healthcare professionals. This situation is especially prevalent in newly created regions and districts.
The President singled out nurses’ refusals to accept postings as particularly distressing, noting that their expertise and skills are vital to providing essential care nationwide. He urged all health practitioners, including nurses and midwives, to follow the example set by their predecessors and demonstrate a willingness to serve where they are most needed.
President Akufo-Addo concluded his address by passionately appealing to healthcare professionals to embrace the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of Ghanaians by accepting postings to regions and district hospitals facing shortages. By accepting these assignments, health workers can contribute to bridging the healthcare gap and improving the overall well-being of communities throughout the country.
The President’s appeal serves as a reminder that the noble profession of healthcare demands dedication, compassion, and a commitment to serve those in need, regardless of geographic location. Embracing this call to action can help create a healthcare system that is equitable and ensures access to quality care for all Ghanaians, regardless of where they reside.