The Director General of the Ghana Health Service [GHS], D.r. Patrick Kuma Aboagye, has revealed that in 2022, more than 500 seasoned Ghanaian nurses lost their jobs.
The Ghana Health Service’s Director General stated that his organization has taken steps to recruit and train more nurses in order to fill the gap caused by the exorbitant shortage of nurses.
During a press conference organized by the Ministry of Information on August 17, 2023, which was monitored by 1Family Radio, Dr. Aboagye stated that more nurses are expected to be recruited in the next two years, per the measures they have put in place.
We have also lost trained and experienced employees, but we have put mechanisms in place that will allow us to replace them with new hires and additional training within the next two years.
Referring to the Chronicle newspaper, he stated, “We lost about 525 nurses in the last year, but we are currently having recruitment for additional nurses across the country.”
Furthermore, he noted that the Ghana Health Service [GHS] has set its primary objective to attain full health coverage by the year 2030 in order to enhance the quality of healthcare in Ghana.
He said, “This service has reviewed its plan to improve primary healthcare and deepen our partnership with partners toward redesigning the primary healthcare system to improve quality and provide more patient-centered care.”