§ 73. Dr. Stross
asked the Minister of State for Comonwealth Relations whether he is aware of the desire of many African administrations, now or shortly to become independent, to have the services of British medical personnel what requests he has received for the provision of such personnel; and what action he is taking to implement them.
§ Mr. Alport
In October, 1957, the Ghana authorities asked through our High Commission in Accra if the United Kingdom could provide persons experienced in Public Health Administration to fill the places of four or five regional medical officers of health in Ghana while the latter went to the United Kingdom for courses in public health of one year's duration. It was not possible to meet this request.
In February, 1958, Miss E. G. Preddy, Matron of the Radcliffe Infirmary at Oxford, visited Ghana for two weeks to investigate and report on the Ghana Nursing Services as a preliminary to the formulation of schemes for the training of Ghanaian nurses. As a result of this report the United Kingdom Government have undertaken at the request of the Ghana Government to provide and finance training for twelve Ghanaian nurses each year for two or more years. The second group of twelve Ghanaian nurses is at present receiving training in this country.128W
No other requests have been received for assistance in the fields of medicine and health from the Ghana authorities.