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Africa has been urged to scale up investments in health workforce in order to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs) on universal access to healthcare, a pan-African health lobby said on Monday.

Githinji Gitahi, group CEO of Nairobi-based Amref Health Africa, told a forum in Nairobi that investments are required to bridge the continent’s shortfall of more than 1.2 million health workers.

“Africa needs to increase its health workforce by 130 percent in order to meet the SDGs on universal healthcare,” Gitahi said during the 31st graduation ceremony at the Amref International Training Center, where 560 health professionals graduated.

Gitahi noted that Africa is facing a health crisis as the continent has 25 percent of the global disease burden but only 3 percent of the global health workers.

Amref, which has been in existence for 50 years, is present in 35 African countries and has so far trained over 12 million health workers.

It focuses on personnel in primary health activities.

Gitahi noted that globally the health sector is a big employer and will continue to be so, especially due to rising population.

He urged Africa to continue to train more health workers, given the rising trend of migration of health personnel to more developed nations in search for better opportunities. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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