National Health Award Scheme Coming
Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has revealed that discussions are ongoing concerning the introduction of awards for health practitioners in the country.
Some health professionals believe an award scheme similar to the National Best Teacher Awards, will boost their motivation.
Responding to a question by a health professional on the issue at a press briefing on the introduction of the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) which was held on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, Mr Agyeman-Manu indicated that a decision has not been made yet, but discussions are advanced on the introduction of awards.
“We haven’t come to any concrete decisions or conclusions on the matter yet but now that you have demonstrated that the awards is close to your hearts, we will scale up our engagements in that area to discuss what we can also do for our health professionals,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Mr Agyemang-Manu has emphasised that polio eradication is a collective responsibility.
According to him, government is doing its best to help to end polio cases in the country, therefore, chiefs, pastors, Imams and entire communities should actively be involved.
The Health Minister plans to administer IPVs, instead of the traditional Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). The IPV is a newly-introduced vaccine administered through injection and more effective than other alternatives.