Public Health Workforce Strategic Plan: Creating a Resilient One Health Public Health Workforce in Ghana is the focus of the Public Health Workforce Strategy Plan, which was unveiled by the Deputy Minister of Health, Hon Tina Gifty Mensah, to better address new public health threats.
With the fair deployment and retention of a competent workforce in Ghana’s human, animal, and environmental health, the Public Health Workforce Strategy Plan will offer quick access to the best quality healthcare services.
In her speech, Hon. Tina Mensah stated that the Ministry of Health worked in conjunction with the Ministries of Food and Agriculture, Innovation, and Local Government and Rural Development to create the document to serve as guidance for the nation’s health workforce requirements.
According to her, the Public Health Workforce Strategic Plan is a five-year plan that provides a roadmap for the reorganization of the public health workforce’s human resources and ensures that the aim for universal health coverage is completely attained by 2030 utilizing the One Health Concept.
“The document would support in addressing some weaknesses in the health workforce, particularly recruitment, workforce distribution, staff development, and employee motivation and employee migration,” she added.
Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye, the Director General of Ghana Health Service (GHS) in his statement commended the timeliness of the Strategic plan since there was no document guiding the inter-sectoral collaboration.
“Practically, Covid-19 made us implement the Public Health Strategic Plan even before the launch, and I believe that this document will guide the inter-sectorial collaboration and once we have been doing it unknowingly because of Covid, we should not wait for any public health emergency before we think of bringing other health sectors who have a stake in addressing public health issues” he added.