He said the growing population demanded adequate health personnel to man various health facilities in order to meet Millennium Development Goals on health by 2015.
Vice President Mahama gave this assurance when he presented 250 vehicles to Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh, the Minister of Health, to be distributed to 50 health training institutions throughout the country.
The vehicles, which are made up of 150 pick-ups, 50 four-wheel drive and 50 buses, formed part of the Ministry of Health’s self-reliant programme to procure vehicles for the Ministry.
Vice President Mahama said the government had initiated moves to provide polyclinics to some districts that would subsequently demand staff to accomplish their health agenda, hence the support for training institutions to provide such staff.
“Our plan is to train more doctors, nurses and paramedics to fill the vacancies in the health facilities of the country,” he said.
Mr Yieleh Chireh said the vehicles would facilitate the movement of students.
Dr Elias Sory, the Director General of Ghana Health Service, said since the inception of their self-reliance programme, 595 vehicles had been purchased.