More Family Physicians Are Needed To Strengthen Ghana’s Health Care System- Family Physicians Tell Government


The Society of Family Physicians of Ghana has urged the government to support the training of more family physicians to take care of primary healthcare nationwide.

They believe this will help strengthen Ghana’s healthcare system and reduce premature deaths, particularly from preventable chronic and other diseases.

According to a 2018 report, the United Nations indicated that 41 million people died prematurely from preventable chronic diseases annually.

Health experts have therefore emphasized the need to pay serious attention to the treatment of chronic diseases.

According to the Society, its members manage most chronic medical conditions in the country, and as a result, play a key role in Ghana’s healthcare delivery system, hence the need for them to be given the needed attention.

Based on this, the 2021 World Family Doctor Day, celebrated in Kumasi, was under the theme ‘Building the future with family doctors in the management of chronic conditions’.

In line with this, the Society of Family Physicians of Ghana wants the government to place its members in all district hospitals across the country to ensure effective health service delivery.

The group is also calling on the government and the Medical and Dental Council to equip medical doctors who go on housemanship with expertise in family medicine.

“We are calling on the government to ensure that family physicians are placed at the right level of care in the healthcare delivery system because as of now, there are some District hospitals in Ghana without family physicians. We think that family physicians should be at every district hospital. Secondly, during housemanship training, the traditional levels of rotation are, internal medicine, surgery, obstetric and gynaecology and pediatrics.”

“They have now added emergency medicine, but housemen don’t go through training in family medicine. Most of them are posted to hospitals as medical doctors without family medicine experience. So we call on government and the Medical and Dental Council and other stakeholders to facilitate the process where housemen will pass through family medicine training,” President of the Society of Family Physicians of Ghana, Dr. Emmanuel Ati stated.

By: Stella Annan |


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