The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the National Health Award Project, has launched a Project to fight apathy and the brain drain among health workers.

The National Health Award Projects also forms part of national efforts in promoting quality and affordable healthcare in Ghana.

The Projects come in two forms which included the “Health Legend,” a television series and the National Health Awards 2011 which comes off in September.

Speaking at the event Mr Vincent Ashong, the Medical Consultant, said the initiative would serve as a unique stage to pursue governmental and non-governmental policies that are related to health care and medical research.

He said it would offer the public the opportunity to appraise the country’s healthcare services as well as help the government in setting realistic benchmarks for the sector.

Mr Emmanuel Adusei, member of Institute of Public Relations, Ghana, said the television series was aimed at recognising the immense achievements and contributions of Ghana’s health sector and encourages health practitioners and Service providers to be more dedicated and patriotic in discharging national duties.

“This initiative has become necessary due to the fact that the health sector needs a consistent media platform to build on her image and serve as a resource base for discovery and innovation,” he said.

He said the initiative would provide an uncommon opportunity for many young professionals to be motivated and inspired by achievers in the sector.

Mr Baba Jamal, the Deputy Minister of Information, pledged the ministry’s support to improve the health of citizens and expressed the hope that the initiative achieved its intended purpose.

Source: GNA