Brain drain among medical doctors trained in Ghana has drastically reduced to over 95%, Management of School of Medical Sciences (SMS) at Kwame Nkromah University of science and Technology in Kumasi has disclosed.
This because of the introduction of the School’s post graduate studies that offers fresh graduate doctors the opportunity to further their education in Ghana.
Professor Baffour Opoku a consultant Obstetrics and Gynecologist, at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital who is also a Lecturer at the school of Medical Science at KNUST, revealed this to Ultimate Fm’s Isaac Bediako in Kumasi.
He believes Ghanaian Doctors are now enjoying better condition of service which is a motivation factor to the considerable reduction of brain drain among locally trained doctors.
Professor Opoku spoke at the sidelines of the School of medical sciences 40 th anniversary’s health walk in Kumasi.
He also describes lack of teaching staff and teaching infrastructure at the School as major challenge that affects effective teaching and learning.
“We have been increasing admission over the years but we don’t increase the number of Lecturers who teach the students. As I speak to you now, average number per year is 200 students; we need a lot more teachers. We also need bigger classrooms to accommodate this number, bigger wards at the hospital where the students are taken through clinicals sessions.
We further need teaching aids, it is very uncomfortable if as a Lecturer I take about 20 students to one patient to examine; it’s not the best. We need modules and manikins that we can use to teach the students at least so they have a practical feel before they are taken to the real patient.”
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