Nurses and midwives advised to be united and improve quality health care delivery

photo showing the nurses on the float
photo showing the nurses on the float

Mr Clifford Veng, the Sissalla East Municipal Director of Health, has advised nurses and midwives to remain united and work hard to improve quality health care delivery.

He expressed worry over the current fragmentations in the rank and file of the nursing front, which, he said, was likely to weaken the nurses’ bargaining power for better conditions of service.

Mr Veng made the remarks during the Nurses and Midwives Association’s Week celebration of Zone D, comprising Sissala East and West, held at Tumu.

He sensitised the staff on the appraisals, study leave and Code of Conduct of the Ghana Health Service and urged them to be abreast of them.

Mr Francis Bentor, the Municipal Chairman of the Association, said: “Investing in nursing education, infrastructure and welfare is the surest way to securing global health, as nurses and midwives form a greater workforce in the health care system”.

He suggested the need for an engagement between the employer and the universities to establish a flexible modular course for staff, which would not interfere with service delivery.

The celebration commenced with a clean-up exercise with a float through the Tumu Municipal Hospital to the Sissala East Municipal Assembly, National Health Insurance Scheme Office, Municipal Health Directorate, Community Centre and finally converged at the Municipal Hospital.

They carried placards, some of which read: “Invest in nursing and midwifery education,” “Improve nurses and midwives’ conditions of service,” and “Respect the rights of nurses and midwives”.

Mr Fuseini Batong Yakubu, the Municipal Chief Executive, commended the nurses and midwives for their commitment to duty, which had consecutively won the Municipality the Best Performing Municipality in health in the region.

He encouraged them to stay and work in the country since Ghana remained one of the peaceful countries.
Some deserving past executives and the 2022 Municipal Best Nurse, Midwife, Health Tutor, and Young Achiever received certificates.

The International Nurses’ Day is celebrated annually in memory of the founder of nursing, Florence Nightingale, and to honour nurses as an invaluable resource, while creating awareness on their challenges.

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