‘Allied Health Workers Can Make A Difference’

A section of the graduates of the allied health profession

Registrar of the Allied Health Professions Council, Dr Samuel Yaw Opoku, has said allied health professionals need due recognition by government for the nation to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

He has therefore appealed for the immediate employment of allied health graduates after their internship.

Speaking at the induction and oath swearing ceremony for allied health graduates in Kumasi, Dr Opoku stated that an adequate number of competent and motivated health workers is a pillar of UHC.

The induction ceremony had 1,380 graduates trained in diagnostic radiography, medical laboratory, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, nutrition, optometry, audiology, and sonographer by various health institutions.

The rest are community mental health, dental health, disease control, environmental health, health information, nutrition physiotherapy, prosthetics, and orthotics.

Dr Opoku indicated that national deficit of health workers, particularly allied health caregivers, would impede the nation from achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on health by 2030.

“UHC includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services from health promotion to prevent treatment rehabilitation and palliative care by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he pointed out.

BY Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi