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FORMER AGRIC MINISTER REACTS TO COMMENTS OF DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE GHANA HEALTH SERVICE

A Former Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, has told the Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) that he is not a Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GHS, and that he should therefore desist from commenting on matters he has no knowledge of.

Speaking on Diamond FM’s morning show (The Diamond Power Drive) with Mohammed Ibn Abdallah on Tuesday, Alhaji Muniru, who was part of the parliamentary select committee on health, also stated that the Director General of the GHS has an ambition of becoming a minister of health and because of that he speaks carelessly.

Alhaji Muniru Limuna als described the comments by the Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare as unfortunate and needless.

The comments of the Director General of the GHS was in relation to the comments of Former President John Dramani Mahama, who speaking at the Alhly-Sunna Eid Prayers on the occasion of Eid ul Adha at the Efua Sutherland Park in Accra said, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) sent more female medical students to Cuba in 2012 which he said was a deliberate move to cater for the needs of women who are usually comfortable with female gynecologists.

The former president said the then Atta-Mills government in 2012 decided to select girls from deprived Muslim communities to be trained especially in the area of Gynecology so that Muslim women will be at ease while being attended to for their reproductive health.

However commenting on the issue, the Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare, disagreed with the former president’s claim and said no female students from the Muslim-populated inner-cities (Zongos) were ever selected for any training in gynaecology in Cuba by the previous administration.

According to him, no student was trained in gynaecology from the batch sent to Cuba as claimed by the former President John Mahama. In all, he said, “there were 217 General Practitioners and two Physiotherapists in that batch”.

Dr Nsiah Asare added: “One needs to graduate as a General Practitioner before he or she can even specialize in any field going forward. So, it is wrong for the former President to allude that they deliberately sent female students to Cuba to be trained in gynaecology when they had not even been trained as general practitioners”.

This, the former Agriculture minister in reaction to, disclosed that the NDC government began with twenty-five (25) Muslim girls to first of all complete their training as general practitioners which they had done, and after their house job continued to specialize in other specific areas including gynaecology.

He said “therefore if the Director General of the Ghana Health Service thinks he will not appreciate the former president, then he should stop vilifying him.”

“If you think you will not congratulate him for bringing this program, he should stop vilifying him.” He added that, “he is a professional who was appointed there as a technical person, therefore he should stop speaking politics.” He stated that, “he should not allow politics to take up his professionality. He is not a public relations officer (PRO) of the Ghana Health Service.”

He concluded that, “of late because he has an ambition to be the minister health, he is talking carelessly.”

Source: Diamondfmonline.com/ Alhassanyakubu

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