By Kofi Sakyiama Pobi
The head of the department at the Health Administration and Education, Winneba in the Central region, Dr. Fred Yao Gbagbo has called for more support to engage Health Administrators at various health facilities towards a better and sustained health care delivery for all Ghanaians.
Speaking at the 10th anniversary of the climax of the Health Administration and Education at the University of Education Winneba, Dr. Gbagbo opined that for Ghana to achieve SDG goal 3, there is a need to re-focus on the training of more health administrators.
In this regard, the head of the department at the Health Administration and Education said currently the department has over a hundred students perusing the course which is now one of the most sought-after programs by students.
On his part, one of the co-founders who initiated the program ten years ago, Professor Mawuadem Koku Amedeker lauded the efforts of some members who supported the idea to establish the department.
He said he is now fulfilled that the department has trained more students who are supporting the various healthcare institutions in Ghana.
The president of the Health Administrators and Education Students Association, John Atta Doku, appealed to the government to help recruit more health Administrators since the 21st-century modern health care needs more professional administrators in the management of facilities.
He noted that some of the alumni who completed their program in 2015/ 2016 have not been engaged and expressed the hope that such students will be given the needed employment.
Speaking on the theme, “Strengthening Health Care Management Systems towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 3, the Role of Health Service Administrators Training in Ghana, the Director of Health Administration and Support Services, Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Ebo Hammond, congratulated the department for the feat chalked in nurturing students for the past 10 years.
He said the role of health administrators in healthcare delivery is crucial, especially in health management systems to promote quality services.
Dr. Hammond noted that GHS placed a premium on the services of health Administrators and hoped that their professional competencies will help promote quality care.
Though he assured students that, GHS is prepared to employ such students to augment the health services, students can also explore other private avenues since government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility.