Nyaho Medical Center MD Proposes Solutions for Ghanaian Health Professionals’ Escape – MyJoyOnline

The CEO of Nyaho Medical Centre, Dr. Elikem Tamaklo has presented viable solutions to the ongoing exodus of healthcare professionals from Ghana.

Dealing with the issue during JoyNews ChangeSpeakers Series IV On Saturday, December 16, he acknowledged the challenges caused by the departure of healthcare workers and emphasized the need for comprehensive strategies to solve the situation.

Dr. Tamaklo expressed concern about the continuous departure of healthcare professionals to seek better opportunities and skill development, but emphasized its impact on the delivery of quality healthcare.

He cited the statement by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health that Ghana’s universal health coverage is at risk if the problem is not effectively addressed.

Speaking on the topic ‘Ghana’s Future, Ghana’s Legacy: Addressing Ghana’s Healthcare Talent and Leadership Gaps’, Dr. Tamaklo identified one of the key challenges in the health sector as insufficient training of healthcare professionals.

He said Ghana’s low doctor-patient ratio is worrying, especially compared to other regions with global health shortages.

Our doctor-patient ratio is the lowest. If you compare it to other parts of the world where people are moving to, there is a global health shortage, so if the UK has a global health shortage, the doctor-patient ratio is high and our starting point is low, it raises the question that we are dealing with – the question of supply and demand, that we need more supply,” he said.

To address the shortage of healthcare professionals, Dr. Tamaklo proposed to the government to prioritize and enhance training programs, which will ensure a more skilled workforce. He emphasized the importance of solving the problem of supply and demand by increasing the number of health professionals.

In addition, Dr. Tamaklo urged hospitals not to compromise on the quality of healthcare, stressing that maintaining high standards is crucial for effective healthcare systems.

In calling for policy change, Dr. Tamaklo advocated collaborative efforts between the government and private health facilities. He suggested the development of a policy that creates a fair and favorable environment for both sectors. He stressed the need for public and private hospitals to work equally. According to Dr. Tamaklo, this approach would require public hospitals not to be cheaper to run, allowing for the right investments to ensure a robust and quality healthcare system for the nation.

About Dr. Elikem Tamaklo

  • Dr. Elikem Tamaklo is the CEO of Nyaho Medical Center, a leading healthcare provider in Ghana and the country’s first private group medical practice.
  • He has held this position since 2015 and during this time led the hospital’s digital transformation by integrating services, equipment and infrastructure through an integrated hospital information system centered around patients and their families.
  • Dr. Elikem Tamaklo has won many awards including Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2016 Ghana Entrepreneurs Awards and Young Business Leader at the 8th all-Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) held in Johannesburg in 2018.
  • In 2022, Dr. Elikem Tamaklo emerged as the winner of the Emy African Man of the Year Health Award as well as the winner of the 40 Under 40 Health Award at the 40 Under 40 Awards.

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