THE SECRETARIAT of the Ghana Association of Medical Lab Scientists (GAMLS) led by its president, Dr Awinibuno Ignatius, is calling for the immediate formation of the governing board of the Allied Health Professionals in the country.
In addition, the association has once again called on the government to speed up the institutionalisation of the Legislative Instrument (LI) which will fully operationalise the Health Professionals Regulatory Act.
Dr Awinibuno noted that the absence of these two key contributors to the health sector had the potential of putting the profession and health of citizens in jeopardy,
He made this known during a press conference organised after the association’s two-day workshop at the main auditorium of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Accra last week.
According to him, “Since the act was passed in 2012 and assented to in 2013, we have engaged the Ministry of Health, relevant stakeholders and duty bearers as to the need to take active steps to ensure that the law is fully operationalised by getting [the LI] but to no avail.
“Four years down the line not all documents have been fully submitted to the Attorney General or even to Parliament, and as we speak the laws are hanging without an LI.”
Dr Awinibuno said the situation had become precarious because it promoted quackery in the professionals; unqualified health service providers are not being fully regulated and charged with offences.
“This is mainly due to the fact that the framework that would serve as a guide to bring defaulters to book isn’t present. This in effect puts the health of the people at risk.”
Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE, the president highlighted the other major concerns of Allied Health Professionals,
“We have also identified that the absence of a board 15 months into existence of this new government is working against us because key decisions that must to be taken to move the profession forward is absent.
“We are currently being supported by a registrar who needs the support of a fully functional governing body to discharge his responsibilities dutifully,” he stated.
The seminar, which was organised by the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists with support from the BUSAC Fund, was on the theme “Advocacy for the Required Legislative Instrument to fully Operationalise the Health Professions Regulatory Act”, and gathered various bigwigs of the Allied Health Professions.