'Human resources, principal health system input'

The contribution of Human Resources in Health (HRH) is pivotal in providing quality health care. Human resources are a principal health system input. Without satisfying the overall requirement of health care in human resources at least by 75 percent, it would not be easy to ensure a thriving free health care system, Health Minister Maitirpala Sirisena said.

The minister was speaking as Chief Guest at the Dhakshina Suva Viru Abhishekaya 2013 (Southern Province Health Employees Felicitation 2013), at the Galle Karapitiya Medical Faculty Auditorium on Saturday.

The felicitation is an annual event organized by the Southern Provincial Health Ministry on a concept of Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva in his capacity as the Provincial Health Minister.

“The Health Ministry has been allocated over Rs. 115 billion through this year’s budget with an additional provision of foreign aid to the tune of Rs. 18 billion. We have been able to fulfill the other health care inputs such as physical, capital and consumables.

Nevertheless, some issues and factors in health human resource management have become a serious impediment in providing quality health care,” the minister asserted.

“We are obliged to provide our health professionals with the latest clinical equipment and facilities. They have received the most modern therapeutic education at foreign universities.

They should be provided with the best medical equipment and facilities, if we are to get the maximum benefit from their professional expertise,” Sirisena said.

The minister said, “however, it is regrettable to note that when applicants for health sector vacancies are called for, the response we receive is quite poor.

We receive only 40 percent applications out of the total expected number. “There is a severe shortage in the number of Public Health Officers,” he said.

We recruited all A/L qualified applicants for the post. When we advertised for Family Health Officer vacancies, the response was very poor,” he said.

Minister Sirisena commending the Chief Minister for his initiative in felicitating health sector employees, said the success of the health care system mainly depends on the knowledge, skills, attitudes and dedication of health workers.

“Therefore, recognizing their competencies and felicitating them would result in a well-contended and satisfied work force, which would in turn ensure an effective and productive health care system.

Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal De Silva, Health Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilake, Health Services Director General Dr. Palith Maheepala, Provincial Health Ministry Secretary Saman Padikorale and Southern Provincial Health Services Director Dr. Hemachandra Edirimanne also spoke. 

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