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90% of doctors surveyed consider leaving Ghana – GMA

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has said a recent survey conducted among 360 medical doctors indicated that 90 percent of them considered leaving Ghana in search of greener pastures.

President of the GMA, Dr Frank Serebuor at the just-ended 64th annual general conference of the Association in Bolgatanga said the doctors want a better service conditions, for which they are seeking to leave the shores of Ghana.

He said “Immigration of medical doctors from Ghana is an age-old problem that continues to deplete the country of much-needed human resources.

“In recent times there has been a surge in the number of health workers including medical doctors leaving the country.

“The reasons for the immigration of doctors seem to vary with time.  A recent survey of 360 doctors currently practicing in Ghana showed that about 90 per cent have never considered leaving the country to move to more developed countries.

“The reason for which doctors leave Ghana to include the search for better income, improved working living conditions, better life and schools for their children and opportunities for further education.”

He further called on authorities to ensure that the rate of immigration of medical doctors and other health workers is controlled.



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