The Managing Director of Nyaho Medical Centre, Dr Elikem Tamaklo has put forward practical solutions to the ongoing exodus of healthcare professionals from Ghana.
Addressing the issue during JoyNews ChangeSpeakers Series IV on Saturday, December 16, he acknowledged the challenges posed by the departure of health workers, stressing the need for comprehensive strategies to address the situation.
While expressing concern over the continued departure of healthcare professionals in search of better opportunities and skill development, Dr. Impact on the delivery of quality health care.
He cited the recognition by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health that Ghana’s achievement of universal health care coverage is at risk if the issue is not effectively addressed.
Speaking on the theme, “Ghanas Future, Ghanas Legacy: Addressing The Talent And Leadership Gaps In Ghanas Healthcare,” Dr. Tamaklo one of the main challenges in the health sector is insufficient training of health care professionals.
He said the low doctor-to-patient ratio in Ghana is a matter of concern, especially when compared to other regions facing a global health shortage.
Our doctor-to-patient ratio is the lowest. If you compare to the rest of the world where people are moving to, there is a global health deficit, so if the UK has a global health deficit but the doctor-to-patient ratio is high and we are coming from a low base, it begs the question we are discussing – the question of supply and demand that we need more supply,” he said.
To address the shortage of health care professionals, Dr. The government is committed to prioritizing and improving training programs, ensuring a better skilled workforce. He stressed the importance of addressing the issue of supply and demand by increasing the number of healthcare professionals.
In addition, urged Dr. Hospitals strive not to compromise the quality of healthcare delivery, emphasizing that maintaining high standards is essential for effective healthcare systems.
Calling for a change in the policy regime, Dr. advocated. Collaborative efforts between the government and private health facilities flourish. He proposed the development of a policy framework that creates a fair and enabling environment for both sectors, stressing the need for public and private hospitals to operate on a level playing field. According to Dr. Moreover, this approach will involve public hospitals that are not cheaper to run, thus allowing for the right investments to ensure a stable and high-quality healthcare system for the country.
About Dr. Elikem Tamaklo
- Dr. Elikem Tamaklo is the Managing Director of Nyaho Medical Center, a leading healthcare provider in Ghana and the first private Group Medical Practice in the country.
- He has held this position since 2015 and during this time, he led the digital transformation of the Hospital, integrating services, equipment and infrastructure through an integrated Hospital Information System centered on patients and their families.
- Dr. Elikem Tamaklo has won many awards including the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2016 Ghana Entrepreneurs Awards and the Young Business Leader award at the 8th edition of the All-Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) organized in Johannesburg, SA in 2018.
- In 2022, Dr. Elikem Tamaklo as the winner of Emy Africa’s Man of the Year Health Award as well as the 40 under 40 Health award winner of the 40 under 40 Awards.
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