The Managing Director of Nyaho Medical Centre, Dr Alikem Tamaklo has offered viable solutions to the ongoing exodus of health professionals from Ghana.
Addressing the issue during JoyNews Changespeaker Series IV On Saturday, 16 December, he acknowledged the challenges posed by the departure of health workers and stressed the need for comprehensive strategies to deal with the situation.
Expressing concern over the frequent departure of health professionals in search of better opportunities and skills development, Dr. Tamaclo stressed the impact on the delivery of quality health care.
He cited the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health’s recognition that Ghana’s achievement of universal health care coverage would be jeopardized if the problem was not dealt with effectively.
Speaking on the topic “Ghana’s Future, Ghana’s Heritage: Addressing the talent and leadership deficits in Ghana’s healthcare”, Dr. Tamaklo identified inadequate training of healthcare professionals as one of the main challenges in the health sector.
He said the low doctor-to-patient ratio in Ghana is a matter of concern, especially when compared to other regions facing global health shortages.
Our doctor-to-patient ratio is the lowest. If you compare with other parts of the world where people are moving to, there is a global health shortage, so if there is a global health shortage in the UK yet the doctor-to-patient ratio is high and we are coming from a low base, it “That gives rise to the question we are dealing with – the question of supply and demand is whether we need more supply,” he said.
To address the shortage of health care professionals, Dr. Tamaclo proposed that the government prioritize and scale up training programs, ensuring a better skilled workforce. He stressed the importance of tackling the issue of supply and demand by increasing the number of health care professionals.
Additionally, Dr. Tamaclo urged hospitals not to compromise the quality of health care delivery, and stressed that maintaining high standards is important for effective health care systems.
Calling for a change in the policy regime, Dr. Tamaclo advocated collaborative efforts between the government and private health facilities. He proposed to develop a policy framework emphasizing the need for public and private hospitals to work on a level playing field, which would create a fair and enabling environment for both the sectors. According to Dr. Tamaclo, running public hospitals in this approach will not be cheap, allowing for the right investment to ensure a strong and quality health care system for the country.
About Dr. Elikem Tamaklo
- Dr. Alikem Tamaklo is the Managing Director of Nyaho Medical Centre, a leading healthcare provider in Ghana and the first private group medical practice in the country.
- He has held the position since 2015 and during this time he has led the digital transformation of the hospital, integrating services, equipment and infrastructure through an integrated hospital information system focused on patients and their families.
- Dr. Alikem Tamaklo has won several awards including Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2016 Ghana Entrepreneur Awards and the Young Business Leader Award at the 8th edition of the All-Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) held in Johannesburg, SA in 2018.
- In 2022, Dr. Elichem Tamaklo emerged as the winner of the Man of the Year Health Award by Emmy Africa as well as the 40 Under 40 Health Award winner at the 40 Under 40 Awards.
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