The Minister for Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has inaugurated a nine-member board of the Ghana Psychology Council with a call on it to come up with policies that will attract specialists to rural areas.
He alerted the board of the challenges ahead regarding the professional conduct of the workers and encouraged it to create a stable condition for effective policy implementation.
He expressed disappointment with the turnout on the number of psychologists in the various health facilities, especially in rural areas and prayed that the new board would come up with policies that would lead to specialists accepting posting to rural areas of the country.
Mr Agyeman-Manu commended religious leaders who have taken up counselling and expressed concern for the need to motivate the youth to study the said discipline.
The Chairperson of the Council, Dr Angela Lamensdorf Ofori-Atta, said it was ready to step up and act to raise awareness of psychologists in the country.
The inauguration was in accordance with sections 86(1) and 103(1) of the Public Financial Act, 2016 (Act 921), which requires all government institutions to establish Audit Committees which place a lot of responsibility on committee members, to provide direction and guidance to the Internal Audit Unit of the Ministry.
Members of the board are Madam Anna Plange, Dr Charlotte Omane Kwakye-Nuako, Mr Francis Binnatige Danyi and Prof. C. Charles Mate-Kole.
The rest are Rev. Dr Samuel Ayete-Nyampong, Mr Jonathan Acquah, Mr Nicholas Gyabaah and Madam Naa Kwama Mansa Williams.
Priscilla Nimako, ISD