Petition: Recognition and Career progression for Ghana Physician Assistants in Health Sector
Physician Assistants (generally known as PAs) in Ghana are important main care medical practitioners properly educated on medical mannequin. They maintain BSC in Physician Assistanship as primary skilled qualification. They present medical care companies to over 70% of Ghanaian residents and foreigners at massive in the communities together with exhausting to reached geographical places.
PA coaching began in Ghana in 1970 in Rural Health Training faculty Kintampo, RHTS (now College of Health, Kintampo, CohK) as superior Diploma in Community Medicine and Health, and later upgraded to Bachelor of Science PA (General, dental or group medication) which is now run by some Universities/Colleges in Ghana.
Over a long time until date, PAs have been the again bone of main well being care in Ghana. These cadre of middled leveled medical practitioners have sacrificially offered medical companies to many voters and foreigners at massive, saving many lives and additionally refer sophisticated instances to greater well being services.
PAs who work in the hospitals attend to lots of shoppers day by day (24/7) together with emergencies, and even over work as a consequence of work over load.
PAs additionally head the Health Centres the place they double as facility heads/managers (managress), accountants, and procurement officers (particularly the place these human sources are missing) in addition to having overside tasks on public well being points in the catchment areas in the sub districts they discover themselves.
Various nations have adopted totally different nomenclature for PAs, for occasion Physician Assistants in USA, Physician Associates in UK, Clinical Officers in some African nations like Kenya, and so forth.
If PA career isn’t vital globally, nations like USA, UK, Canada, African nations wouldn’t have developed specialization applications for PAs. However, the PA career in Ghana Health Sector has not but acquired wanted consideration, making Ghana to lag behind globally.
Unfortunately, regardless of all of the sacrifices of PAs in Ghana, PAs are hardly acknowledged throughout important choice making, their Autonomy is often undermined, they lack Condition of service, Career progression (specialization), amongst different myriad of challenges.
PAs are Ghanaian residents, for that matter they’re entitled to equal rights and therapy as different medical practitioners. In annotation, PAs are members of well being group, and stakeholders who additionally play distinctive roles in well being sector.
If these primary aforementioned challenges concerning correct functioning of PAs in Ghana well being sector are resolved, PAs will probably be in significantly better place to supply holistic well being companies to the residents together with these in exhausting to achieve communities (rural areas, villages), which can at the long term fulfill the WHO Universal Health Coverage agenda …….!
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