The Health Ministry is counting on over one hundred and seventy Cuban doctors to take care of patients in need of medical attention at the major public hospitals across the country.
This forms part of government’s emergency plan as the Ghana Medical Association has withdrawn their services for the past three weeks demanding their conditions of service.
Addressing a news conference on Tuesday, Health Minister Alex Segbefia said the Cuban doctors will take care of the pressure at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.
He said there are already sixteen Cuban doctors in the rural areas, but will be transferred to Accra and Kumasi where the impact of the strike is gravely felt.
The Health Minister also revealed that retired doctors will also start work next week to also help other medical officers in the hospitals take care of emergencies and outpatients.
Alex Segbefia added that the retired doctors who will be engaged on contractual basis would help with supervision and training of physician assistant and house doctors.
“The retired doctors are more than willing to take up the task to save the health sector,” he stressed.