In recent times, many health professionals especially nurses are leaving the country for greener pastures elsewhere. According to many nurses and other health workers, this is due to insufficient salary, poor conditions of service, and many other things.
Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the Presidential Adviser on Health has pleaded with health workers especially nurses and midwives who are leaving the country to stay and help develop the health sector. This was made known during the celebration of International Nurses Day in Accra on Thursday, May 12.
He further explained that the developed countries use unethical ways to take away Ghana’s scarce health resources. He said, “Ghana, like other developing counties, is seeing an increase in migration of our professional nurses to high-income countries like United States, United Kingdom… as a result of the global shortage of nurses, caused partly by the impact of the coronavirus.”
Dr. Nsiah-Asare described the trend as worrying and will worsen the nurse-patient ratio which will hamper the goal of universal health coverage as it is the top priority of the government.