Authorities are crying out over some unauthorized individuals “sharp sharp Medics” who are going about checking the vitals of people mostly market women with substandard medical apparatus.
They are known to announce in public places to the hearing of all “check your weight!” “check your high blood pressure” with no certificate to prove their training in the health sector.
But the question is, Do you blame them?
The health system in the country has become somewhat problematic in the sense that most community health centers are under resourced, inaccessible due to poor roads leading to the facilities, not talk of poor customer services of nurses and other health officials.
Then again, the few well-resourced facilities are utterly expensive to the point that people are forced to turn to more flexible and cheaper options even when they know these services are not up to speed with current technologies.
These challenges and more have fueled the proliferation of quack health workers who are parading in public places as health personnel checking high blood pressure sugar levels, and weights with their own medical apparatus at very affordable cost.
A report by EIB’s GHOne’s report on in August revealed to the shock of many that these personnel had zero formal training on what they claim to be experts of.
Interestingly, they have successfully conducted this business for years to the extent that some consider it their sole source of livelihood.
Though the report exposed wrong techniques in their administration of services and have called on health authorities to clamp down on them, one question remains key.
Can you blame these desperate jobless youth for their creative efforts to earn a living from loopholes of the sector at the expense of the safety of Ghanaians?
The way forward
This brings up the debate of joblessness of the youths, the porosity of our health sector and how desperate the youth of the country are to survive.
The government must as a matter of urgency, work to create an enabling environment for doing business so that these passionate youth will channel their energies in the right kind of trade and services.
Health sector should be up and doing in the area of surveillance to save innocent citizens from falling for these unsafe services in public places.