The commitment of allied health professionals has been instrumental in the improvement of healthcare in the country, the Deputy Minister for Health, Mr Mahama Asei Seini, has said.
Speaking at the conference of the Ghana Federation of Allied Health Professionals on Friday in Accra, Mr Asei Seini commended the Federation, saying, “In just over a year of its establishment, the office has been able to train allied health officers, improved coordination amongst all the allied health professions with its quarterly consultation meetings, contributed to the development of varied policies and strategies, amongst others.”
The conference was to explore the current landscape of allied health in Ghana, identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and engage in discussions on collaborative actions for the advancement of the health system in the country.
He added that at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, allied health professionals played crucial roles by providing timely diagnostic services, clinical care and support services, mental health and rehabilitation of COVID-19 survivors.
“It underscores our commitment to continuous improvement, innovation and the pursuit of excellence in allied health practice. Today, we have the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions, share insights and chart a course for a brighter future in the allied health sector,” he said.
On his part, Dr Ignatius Awinibuno, Director of Allied Health Professionals, said allied health is a sub-sector or unit under the Ministry that develops and reviews the broad policies of the Ministry.
It designs and develops mechanisms and plans strategic standards and regulations to promote health technologies and enhance clinical health care and service delivery in the country.
Grace Acheampong, ISD