GHANAIAN DOCTORS WITH BORDERS AND THE BRAIN DRAIN

Posted on September 12, 2011

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This appeared on facebook:

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Ghana had about 1,600 doctors in 2004 as it did in 1969!!!
The general perception is that this is as a result of brain-drain to more advanced countries and those other places where they are better appreciated. In your own opinion, what can we do to help Ghana keep vital personnel in Ghana?

Here’s my comment:

Christopher Scott: Ironical that people in the diaspora use poor health care systems in their homelands as one of their many reasons for not returning. Is it not the case that there are more Ghanaian doctors in the city of New York alone than there is in all of Ghana?

I know, I know! I didn’t address how to keep vital personnel in Ghana. I just think more is involved than just trying to keep doctors here. I believe much more effort must be made in facilitating the return of more doctors abroad, who I call doctors with borders. Those doctors abroad more than likely are working in environments that demand higher levels of expertise and accountability. Together with those doctors present in the system, the Ghana Health Service would probably improve immensely. How in heaven’s name can all those health related millennium development goals be reached without an adequate number of highly trained health personnel. With a return of diasporan doctors surely there would be an improvement on such stats as one in 16 women in sub-Saharan Africa dies in childbirth. One in 13 babies … within a week.

Check out the other comments on the issue on the Search Ghana facebook page and comment.

P.S. The title of this post is meant to provoke….discussion!

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