Cuba-Trained Doctors: Mahama’s claim true, GHS Boss has no facts

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Alhaji Muniru Limuna

The back and forth between former president John Dramani Mahama and the NDC and The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare is not ending soon.

A write up purported to be coming from Alhaji Muniru Limuna and sighted by Newsghana24.com has come to further confirm the statement made by the former president regarding the training of female doctors from our Muslim Community and the training of a a gynaecologist. We ask… have all those sent on scholarship returned? How many are yet to return and is the GHS Boss aware of the programs they are studying in Cuba?

Alhaji Muniru Limuna writes Saying…

The programme to send 250 young Ghanaians to Cuba for training as health professionals was a bilateral agreement between the Government of Cuba and the Government of Ghana represented by the Ministry of Health.

The Ghana Health Service was not involved in this agreement.

The programme had the blessing of President John Evans Atta Mills, and Vice President John Dramani Mahama was charged to oversee the exercise.

Several meetings were held in the VP’s office to review the programme details and the recruitment process. As part of the process, VP Mahama had to visit Cuba.

One of the underlying principles of the recruitment of the students was to pick qualified children who came from underprivileged families and from vulnerable communities.

This was done so that they could be posted back to health facilities in the deprived communities from which they hailed.

Another principle was to include qualified girls from the Muslim community because of concerns raised by Muslims about issues relating to the reproductive health of Muslim women being attended to by male doctors.

250 students were therefore sent to Cuba for training as medical professionals. 221 successfully completed their courses. Of this number, 60 were Muslims and 25 of them female Muslims.

The Ghana Health Service was not involved in this whole arrangement; it is therefore surprising that the Director General who is known for his very partisan alignment to the NPP has injected himself into the conversation.

What the Director General forgets is that at the rural hospitals, issues of reproductive and gynaecological health of women are handled primarily by general practitioners and not specialists.

Referrals are made to specialists only in the event of complications and emergencies.

The Director General must also be aware that nobody goes straight to be trained as a gynaecologist unless they first train as a general practitioner and that was why the programme began with 25 Muslim girls to first of all  complete as they have just done, and after their house job, they can continue to specialize.

This indeed was the plan envisioned by H. E. John Dramani Mahama.

What the Director General also forgot to acknowledge or may be out of ignorance is that, in Cuba you can continue with your specialization after graduating as a medical officer.

A future NDC government will encourage and sponsor these female Muslim doctors and indeed other females to specialize in the area of gynaecology and female reproductive health in other to give women greater alternatives based on their religious faith and what makes them feel comfortable.

Below is the list of the female Muslim students who qualified and have recently returned home.

AYISHA IDDRISU

MARIAM IDDISA DARI

AMINA SALIFU

AMINA PONAA MAMANI

UMU-HERA KANYAN KASSIM

RAFIATU ABALO

MEMUNATU ABDULAI

MARIAM BUKARI

SALA SHERIFA SEIDU

FATIMA ZAHARAWU NUHU MOHAMMED

HANIFAH MOHAMMED

MANSURA ADAM

FADILA ABDUL MAJEED

NAZIHA ABDUL RAUF

RUHANA  IBRAHIM DAMBA

LARIATU YAHAYA

RABIATU MMABILA ADUA

AYISHA GURRI DAWDA

TAUFICATU SALAMI

IQLIMATU APPIAH

NAFISAH ABDUL RASHID

HAWA HUDU MUNKAILA

AMINA MUNKAILA

BIBATA BRAIMAH SADIQUE

RUKAIYA ABDUL RASHID

Alhaji Muniru Limuna

Accra

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