Let’s fight unprofessionalism in allied health sector to achieve SDGs- Dr. Kasolo
World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Director Dr. Francis Chisaka Kasolo has asked Allied Health Professions Council to consistently collaborate with relevant agencies to ward off quack practitioners within the sector.
According to Dr. Kasolo, although a lot of efforts are being made by allied health professionals to set standards by exhibiting professional competence, there are also unlicensed, quack and unscrupulous persons working to destroy the pivotal outputs of the qualified allied health practitioners in the sector.
Speaking at induction and oath swearing ceremony for newly qualified allied health graduates on 9 November 2021 in Accra,
World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Director Dr. Francis Chisaka Kasolo said “Let’s avoid unprofessional activities in the allied health. I urge the Allied Health Professions Council to collaborate with relevant agencies to fight, substandard, unlicensed, quackery in the sector. As professionals, let’s contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals”.
Dr. Kasolo noted that protecting allied health professionals to achieve standard working procedures and delivery of services is crucial.
“Lets us be guided by our professional code of ethics and core values which includes team work, safety, innovation, commitment, empathy, integrity, dedication, discipline, accountability, professionalism to the Ghanaian people who you will be serving as allied health professionals”, Dr. Kasolo said.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu in a speech read on his behalf by Chief Director of Health Ministry Dr. Kwabena Boadu Afari has asked new graduates to treat clients and patients in accordance with their oaths.
For Ghana to achieve total control of the Covid-19 pandemic, the allied health professionals play critical roles within the multidisciplinary team tackling the infectious Covid-19 in containment, combat and prevention of the spread of the disease”.
The Health Minister Agyeman-Manu has also urged the allied health professionals in the country to resort to dialogue in resolving grievances and minimise strike actions.
“Let’s minimise strike because after the industrial action, you will still get to the negotiation table. Let’s use dialogue in settling issues”.
According to Agyeman-Manu, government has within two years given financial clearance for over 5000 allied health professionals.