An open letter to the head of the local authorities department

Local Government Services Council (LGSC)

By a relevant environmental health professional (officers)

EMPLOYMENT OF GRADUATES WITHOUT SCHOOL OF HYGIENE (SOH) BACKGROUND AND PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION REQUIRED AND LICENSED BY THE ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS COUNCIL (AHPC) AS ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ANALYST SERVING THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Respectfully Sir, with reference to your letter of 6and May 2020 with the number OHLGS/FC/45/08 with the subject “Regulated Profession – Environmental Health Analysts/Officers/Deputies” which was sent to all Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs), MMDAs and brought to the attention of all Environmental Health Analysts/Officers/Assistants in this regard.

In this letter, you humbly ordered that “the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) as the regulator in its requirement under Section 27 (c, d, g, h, j) of Act 857 (Part One), all persons practicing as Environmental Health Analysts/Officers/Assistants are duly registered and licensed by the Board” And that “the OHLGS wishes to bring to the attention of all Environmental Health Analysts/Officers/Assistants that they ensure and comply with the law accordingly.” “Furthermore, the license that would be issued by the Board would be a pre-requisite of employment for all environmental health personnel”.

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We humbly wish to bring to your attention the information intercepted on the employment of graduates with no experience in Schools of Hygiene (SOH) and the required professional registration and license from the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) (the body Professional Regulation) by the Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS) for these graduates to practice as Environmental Health Analysts (Officers) in the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDA).

In view of this, we respectfully wish to write this open letter to the Chief of Service, OHLGS that the employment of the aforementioned graduates as Environmental Health Practitioners (Analysts) by the Office of the Chief of Local Government Service (OHLGS) for working at MMDAs is contrary to Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act 2013 (HPRBA) (Act 857) Section 3 (a, b, c, g, i, k), Section 5, Subsections 1 (a, b), 2 (a, b), section 6 (a, b, c, d), article 21 (offences) c, j and k which established the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) which regulates the training, education and practice of the environmental health profession and its practitioners in the country.

As environmental health practitioners (agents), responders and guardians of the profession, our background checks indicated that these graduates hold qualifications such as B.Sc. Environmental Science, B.Sc. Community Development, B.Sc. Public Health, B.Sc. Natural Resource Management, B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering and B.Sc. Agriculture among others.

Local government letter on Ahpc
Local government letter on Ahpc

Additionally, information that has reached us indicates that these graduates have been employed full-time and have since been assigned to practice/work as Environmental Health Analysts in almost all MMDAs across the country as permanent employees of the OHLGS, while some have since assumed Leadership positions on professionally registered and licensed environmental health officers/assistants.

Please find below the list of some of these MMDAs that these graduates have posted (Examples of MMDAs);

S/N MMDA NAME REGION NOPE. DIPLOMAS
1. Sunyani Municipal Assembly (SMA) Bono Region 1
2. Ejisu Municipal Assembly (EMA) Ashanti region 1
3. Denkyembour District Assembly (DDA), Akwatia eastern region 1
4. East Berekum Municipal Assembly (BEMA) Bono Region 1
5. Jaman Northern District Assembly (JNDA) Bono Region 1
6. Tano South Municipal Assembly (TSMA) Ahafo Region 2
7. Ga Northern Municipal Assembly (GNMA) Greater Accra 1
8. Effia-Kwesimintisim Municipal Assembly (EKMA) Western region 1
9. Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) Western region 1
ten. Ga West Municipal Assembly (GWMA) Greater Accra 1
11. Ga Southern Municipal Assembly (GSMA) Greater Accra 1

In any case, we humbly suggest that if the Office of the Chief Local Government Service (OHLGS) thinks so, there is an urgent need for degree holders to be employed/recruited in the field of environmental health. Service class, then Schools of Hygiene (SOH) should be transformed into degree-granting institutions as soon as possible, and also upgrade practicing Environmental Health Officers/Assistants who continued their education to degree level after graduation. SOH degree/certificate in fields such as B.Sc. Public Health, B.Sc. Water and Sanitation, B.Sc. Environmental Engineering among others than opting for graduate recruitment without the training , education, licensing, and professional skills required in environmental health practice to work as Environmental health officers (analysts).

Ahpc Accredited Institutions
Ahpc Accredited Institutions

Please we cannot imagine how graduates who have not been trained in professional environmental health and are not even qualified to be registered and licensed by the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and as a practice as environmental health practitioners (officers) can competently lead the development and publication of technical guidelines on environmental health management and services as well as the provision of technical advice for the formulation of environmental health policies in the country .

With the greatest respect, Sir, as the country faces the dire consequences of unsanitary conditions and poor environmental sanitation, the services of professionally trained environmental health practitioners (officers) with master’s degrees and of a doctorate. Degrees in environmental health and sanitation to develop and publish technical guidelines on environmental health management and services and formulate sound and workable environmental health policies are urgently needed.

We stand with our dear President, HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who passionately called on all “Ghanaians must be citizens and not spectators”. As patriotic citizens as well as proud and concerned environmental health practitioners and not bystanders, we would humbly appeal to the Office of the Chief Local Government Service (OHLGS) and Hon. Minister of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development (MLGDRD), the Parliamentary Select Committees on Health, Environment, Sanitation and Local Government to honestly look into this issue at all urgency and with the necessary attention it deserves as to why the Service acted contrary to Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act 2013 (HPRBA) (Act 857) by employing unqualified, unregistered and unlicensed graduates to practice as environmental health officers (analysts).

Finally, we would like to reiterate that environmental health is a profession that requires formal training and is regulated in Ghana under the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act 2013 (ACT 857), therefore, practitioners are required by law to be registered and licensed to practice. . Therefore, we direct the Office of the Chief Local Government Service (OHLGS) to ensure that only qualified, registered and licensed environmental health practitioners are employed to practice.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Long live Ghana!!!

Long live the environmental health profession!!!

Long live the Environmental Health Practitioners (Officers)!!!

Long live the Sanitary!!!

Thank you.

CC :

  1. The deputy. Minister

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Ministries, Accra

  1. The deputy. Minister

Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR), Ministries, Accra

  1. The deputy. Minister

Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations (MELR), Ministries, Accra

  1. The head of the civil service

Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS), Accra

  1. The chief director

Office of the Head of Local Government Department (OHLGS), Accra

  1. The chief director

Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR), Ministries, Accra

  1. The executive head

Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), Accra

  1. The clerk

Allied Health Professions Council, Korle-Bu, Accra

  1. President

Profession Specific Committee – Environmental Health, Allied Health Professions Council

Accra

  1. President

Council of Presidents, Ghana Federation of Allied Health Professions (GFAHP), Accra

  1. National President

Ghana Environmental Health Officers Association (GEHOA), Accra

  1. National President

Association of Environmental Health Practitioners in the Health Sector – Ghana (HeSEHPAG), Accra

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