Dr Hafiz Bin Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister, has said negative
representation of the Upper West Region in the media deters medical doctors and
other workers from accepting postings there.
He said some media
personnel often reported sensational issues, most of which turns out to be
false, to the outside world, including armed robbery.
Dr Bin Salih
expressed the concern at a press soiree organised by the Regional Coordinating
Council (RCC) to discuss the performance of the Government in improving the
livelihoods of the people.
He said in 2019 only
29 per cent of medical doctors posted to the Region accepted the postings due
to its perceived unattractiveness, mainly due to negative media reportage.
The Regional Minister,
therefore, appealed to the media to present a positive image of the Region
rather than focusing on the negative aspect.
Touching on the New
Regional Hospital, Dr Bin Salih said the Director General of the Ghana Health
Service had given the assurance that it would be operational by January 9,
He noted that the
Government, led by President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, was investing
massively in other sectors of the economy including agriculture and education
to improve the livelihoods of the people.
He mentioned some
interventions such as the Planting for Food and Jobs, Planting for Export and
Rural Development, Rearing for Food and Jobs, as well as roads and educational
infrastructure geared towards transforming the lives of the people.
Dr Bin Salih
expressed the hope that those positive interventions would help the New
Patriotic Party to win the hearts of the
electorate by renewing its mandate come December 2020.
Abdul-Wahab, the Upper West Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists
Association, commended the Regional Minister and the RCC for the continuous
collaboration with the media in the discharge of their duties.
He appealed to the
Minister to improve the services of the RCC to the media including transport
services during official duties, especially as 2020 is an election year.