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Medical Superintendents call for a national disaster policy

2008-10-11 20:58:08
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Members of Medical Superintendents Group (MSG) of Ghana, have called on Government to establish a national disaster policy with a holistic national emergency response approach involving communities, health institutions and organized groups to tackle disasters.

They said such a system should review land use, state funding and laws on disasters and mobilisation of resources to manage disasters, and proper handling of all emergency situations.

The President of MSG, Dr George Acquaye made the call when addressing the opening session of the Seventh Annual General Meeting of the Group in Tamale.

The four-day meeting is under the theme: “Disaster Here, Disaster There. How Prepared Are We” and seeks to create the forum for Chief Executives of hospitals to share ideas in the operation of hospitals.

It would in addition, create an avenue for policy initiation and innovation for implementation particularly in the continuing professional development of staff for efficient operations of hospitals.

Dr Acquaye noted that Ghana had been faced with disasters, which would continue to occur if adequate steps were not taken to address them with the commitment of the political will to ensure that disasters were well managed.

He called for a post graduate programme in Emergency Medicine that would review disaster and mass casualty incidents rather than tackling only emergency case management.

The Director General of Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Elias Sory in an address read on his behalf called for compulsory and equitable distribution of “Housemen” to hospitals to fill gaps.

He said the situation where young doctors were allowed to choose and post themselves to hospitals of their choice was not helping the needy Regions particularly the three Northern Regions to enhance delivery of quality health care to the people.

The Deputy Minister of Health, Mrs Gladys Norley Ashietey said inadequate well trained personnel to tackle emergency cases was the bane of emergency management and stressed the need for the provision of proper infrastructure and equipment to tackle emergencies.

The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris called for the establishment of strategic zones for the storage of basic food items for disaster victims.

He said a rapid response team should be established in Tamale Teaching Hospital to take care of disasters and appealed to medical practitioners to accept postings to the Region to help improve health care delivery.


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