Ghana nurses, doctors to be banned from using mobile phones in hospitals

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana 

Ghanaian Nurses and Doctors together with other allied health practitioners working in the various government hospitals across the country will soon be restricted from using their personal hand set mobile devices during working hours.

At least health professionals have from now to the end of December, 2019 to enjoy using their mobile phones while working in any of the public health institutions.

Instead of relying on their handset devices, the country’s health regulatory body the Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it will make provision for an intercom system at the various health facilities for effective communication health works.

The Director General of the GHS, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare told Biztechafrica during an interview that plans are far advance by his outfit to carry out the ban on the use of mobile phones among health workers.

He said the negative feedback received from patients patronizing especially public health care institutions in the country by his office has necessitated the move; to first bring  some level of sanity into the health system and secondly to ensure efficient delivery of quality health service to patients in Ghana.

Although the move against mobile phone usage in hospitals, is currently in its formulation stages concerns are been raised about its adverse impact on some health practitioners whose work involves emergency cases.

According to a community health advocate, Samuel Arthur, who is out challenging the rationale behind the upcoming initiative is urging GHS officials to strengthen its supervisory role within the health sector and leave health professionals to use their phones.

“The solution to this is supervisors should manage the human resources at their disposal. The imminent ban is a misplaced priority; there are several other things we could look at,” he said. 

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