The Ghana Society of Radiographers has vehemently warned the Ghana Health Service (GHS) of their actions of training Biomedical Engineers as Radiographers at the various hospitals which have digital x-ray equipment installed.
In November, 2016, the National Tuberculosis Program Manager informed the Ghana Society of Radiographers of the deployment of digital x-ray machines to Ghana for the TB case detection project.
The project is an agreement between the Ghana and Dutch governments with World Health Organization backing it as it is the first of its kind in Africa using a software called CAD4 which helps early detection.
The Dutch Government through an organization called Universal DELFT delivered 51 digital x-ray machines that are installed in 51 hospitals.
According to the Radiographers, the Ghana Health Service quickly went to the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) to grant them a waiver to enable them train anybody of whatever background in only radiation safety.
And that NRA granted a waiver with reference number NRA/RM.30B/161.4/70 dated on the 30th June, 2017.
But upon protest from the Ghana Society of Radiographers and subsequent meeting with the Director General of Ghana Health Service, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the action was halted.
However, the National President, Prince Rockson explained that a purported timetable circulating around shows training of Biomedical Engineers for 10 days to do the work of licensed allied health practitioners who have undergone rigorous training for 4years.
It started just in August 2018 and this he deems detrimental to the health care system of the country.
Per the solution presented to GHS by the radiographers, there is currently 28 final year radiography students who will complete in June and will be posted for internship.
This will complement the 15 employed radiographers operating in 15 hospitals as well as twenty who have had financial clearance within the shortest possible time.
Ghana |Atinkaonline.com| Patrick Ofoe Nudzi