Expert grieved over poor health care management in Africa

| Updated Oct 24, 2017 at 8:06am



A Professor of Marketing and International Business and former Rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Franklyn Achampong Manu, has expressed his deepest grief over how healthcare is poorly managed in some African Countries, due to financial constrains.

According to him, the state of Healthcare Management in Africa is terrible and….“need to invest more in programs like this (training) for the health practitioners”.

The former GIMPA boss at the graduation ceremony of a week-long intensive Management Development Institute (MDI) training program for the Leaders and the Managers of the Health Sector in West Africa, stated:, “I always joke when I meet some of our Government Ministers; I envy them because they are always in a big land cruisers and I’m like in my little Honda and keep telling them, those Land cruisers of yours can fund two training programs at GIMPA in healthcare management”.

He added that, “Yes because each land cruiser cost about over 100,000 dollars and having worked with this program for ten years, I know that it can cover two cohorts of people.... Which one has an impact, the land cruiser going over portholes or people trained to Manager Healthcare," he asked.

The annual West African segment of the Management Development Institute (MDI) for Health Care Organizations of Africa started at GIMPA, Accra from October 15, 2017 and ended on October 22, 2017.

The week-long intensive training of health professionals from seven English-speaking countries (Ghana, Serial Leone, Liberria, Nigeria, Cameron) in West Africa and Uganda is focused on building the leadership, management and governance capacity of health leaders and managers.

Hosted by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, GIMPA and organized with the support of the Anderson School of Management, the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) with funding provided by Global Health Product Manufacturers, Johnson and Johnson, MDI seeks to provide Ministries of Health (participated Countries) with the requisite management and leadership capacity to implement their stated national health priorities.

The Director of MDI, West Africa, Professor Anthony Mawuli Sallar, in his submissions, called on participants to implement all they have learnt to better a lot of mankind in their respective Countries.

He asked them to build long lasting network and stronger relationship among themselves to effectively deal with common illness on the continent.

On behalf of the 2017 class, the course representative, Dr. Hamza Bawumia, said the MDI has been the game changer in their life, “the MDI experience has truly been a life changing one and have been equipped to be better leaders and real ambassadors of change”.

Dr. Bawumia however, recommended that a module on advocacy to be added to the program and hoped that the number of participants will be increased as time goes on.

The 48 participants went home with certificates and other souvenirs.

Story by Francis Edzorna Mensah