The Medical Excellence Awards (MEA), instituted three years ago to recognise outstanding achievements of personalities in the field of healthcare, has honoured 24 people in its third edition.
The event which was held at the Banquet Hall recognised health professionals from all levels of the health profession, including doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, diagnostic sciences, auxiliary staff and mortuary attendants.
The awardees, three from each category, received a plaque, citations and prizes.
Dr Dauda Titus Amidu-Adandada, founder of the awards, in his opening remarks mentioned that the finalists were selected after going through rigorous judging criteria like competence, punctuality and alertness to work, willingness to do extra work, commitments to charitable services, morals, among others.
He said a total of 7,529 nominations were received from 501 health facilities across the country.
Dr Amidu-Adandada, commending the award winners, added that practising and walking in the calling of the medical profession which is to serve humanity can be challenging due to logistics constraint, hence the need to recognise those going against the challenges to give off their best to the patients they serve.
“As we celebrate our gallant healthcare delivery personnel on this national platform, we are saying ‘ayekoo’ to quality healthcare and projecting excellence,” he said.
Dr Amidu-Adandada also used the occasion to encourage the medical fraternity to continue their hard work wherever they find themselves as they might be the next to be recognised.
Dr Asafo Agyei, patron of the Medical Excellence Awards, in his address disclosed that quality healthcare is an important factor when it comes to nation building.
Emphasizing the need for a regular reward system, Dr Agyei said reward brings about attitudinal change, adding that it is only a handful of people who will not feel motivated when given some form of reward for their work done.
“It is not everybody who seeks monitory rewards but sometimes just normal recognition of their work is enough to raise the motivational level very high. Let us support the medical excellence awards to continue to celebrate our healthcare delivery personnel,” he hinted.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri