An eleven member governing board of the Council of Allied Health Professionals has been inaugurated by Minister of Health in Accra.
The new board which was appointed by President Nana Akufo Addo last Monday in consultation with the Council of State, is expected to oversee the operations of Allied Health Professionals in the country’s health sector.
Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang- Manu, inaugurating the body, reminded the new governing board its critical mandate in promoting professional health practice as stipulated by the Health Professionals Regulatory Bodies Act, 2013 (Act 857).
“The council is responsible for determining the scopes of practice for Allied Health Professionals and be committed to providing an effective system for the regulation of these health professionals whose works have a direct impact on patient and service users in order to ensure public protection,” he said.
The Minister also advised the board to identify and analyze challenges confronting allied health professional practice in Ghana, and to submit proposals to the Ministry of Health for consideration.
Mr. Agyemang-Manu then urged them to put in place the earliest possible time the Professions Specific Committee in line with Section 148 (2) of the Act 857 to advise the Board on matters relating to the specific allied health profession.
Professor Augustine Kwame Kyere, who is the chairman of the board, in his acceptance remarks, noted the important role played by allied health professionals in the country’s health sector and promised to supervise and help steer the affairs of the council successfully to ensure that the highest standards of training and practice of allied health professions were attained.
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