African Medical Practitioners make recommendations to improve health delivery

The Association of Medical Council of Africa (AMCOA) on Thursday agreed on four key recommendations towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets in health care delivery in Africa by of 2015.

It said the regulatory bodies should review guidelines for accreditation of new and existing medical and dental schools and inspection of facilities.

Again, AMCOA said the regulatory bodies should strengthen registration policies and procedures to ensure that proper assessment of professionals, guidelines for set standards were reviewed to reflect the importance of the MDGs.

Regulatory bodies, while initiating process of amendment of laws, should seek administrative directives in areas considered to be weak in their current laws to reduce regulatory capacity for improved effectiveness.

The fourth recommendation is that capacity building for the Council Secretariat should be given paramount importance with clear organograms according to the expected establishments with clear job description.

These were announced by Dr Kofi Osae Adadey, newly elected President of AMCOA at a press conference at Sogakope in the Volta Region on Thursday.

The conference was at the end of AMCOA four-day 15th Annual Conference and General Meeting on the theme: “Achieving the Health Related Millennium Development Goals: The Role of Regulatory Bodies”.

It was attended by Presidents of 14 Medical and Dental Councils from Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Other officers elected were Dr Eugene Ngoga from Rwanda as Vice President, Mr Daniel Yumba from Kenya, Dr Mary Zulu from Zambia, Mrs Josephine Mwakutuya from Zimbabwe and Dr Dhaneshwar Beeharry of Mauritius formed the Management Committee.

Source: GNA

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