The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has decided to ban the usage of mobile phones among health workers on duty.
According to GHS, the decision which will take effect sometime this year is to improve efficiency in health posts across the country.
Speaking on Starr FM in Accra, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare said the service has received numerous complaints from relatives of patients on how health professionals spend time on their phones even when attending to patients.
“The rationale behind the ban is to get the health officers to pay attention to their job when on the field. Some patients and their family members complain bitterly on how some health professionals use their phones when they visit the hospitals. It is not a good sign” he explained.
He added that they will put in place an intercom system through which health officials can communicate. We’ll issue a statement and most of the institutions will have the intercom systems working”
“In most organisations except in some banks and some corporate institutions, you’ll find most officials of the facilities on their mobile phones.
In the Western World, in most of the hospitals, networks do not work well to help check some of these irregularities. Intercom systems are used. We’re considering scrambling the network system in the hospitals so health officials cannot use them while at post”, he added.