Mr Mahamadu Musah, the Upper East Regional President of the Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG) has debunked claims by some nurses in the Region that the Union is a scam.
“We are a recognised group of professional nurses and midwives, duly registered. We have all the legal documents that qualify a professional body to be a Labour Union. The UPNMG can never be a scam,” he emphasized.
The Regional President said the UPNMG started in 2017 and became fully operational in December 2019, with a membership of 23,972 as at May 2021, comprising of nurses and midwives of all categories including Nursing Tutors across the country.
Mr Musah was speaking at a meeting of the UPNMG in Bolgatanga, to remind members of the core mandate and policies of the Union and also invite new nurses and midwives to join the Union.
He indicated that the UPNMG had its presence across all the administrative regions of the country, and members could transact official business with the Union at its offices across the Regions of Ghana.
According to him, the UPNMG was the first Union to break away from the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA).
“UPNMG gives true power and offers the opportunity to Ghanaian nurses and midwives to make choices. There should be a second voice to ensure true unionism,” the Regional President said.
Mr Musah noted that there was the need for members of the Union to be committed to its activities, and urged them to attend meetings to be abreast with the UPNMG’s policies and programmes.
He said the nature of their work as professional nurses and midwives and the risk involved made it necessary for the leadership of the Union to have a life insurance package for members and stressed that the policy did not attract any extra charges from members.
“The Union makes a contribution in the name of each member on monthly basis. This insurance policy covers the death of a member, permanent total disability of a member, death of a spouse, death of parents, and hospitalization of a member.
“The package ranges from Gh¢500.00 to Gh¢5000.00 for hospitalization, it is Gh¢ 20 per day,” the Regional President explained.
Mr Musah said as part of the Union’s commitment to ensure the safety of its members, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) were presented to some selected hospitals including the Tamale Teaching Hospital, the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, the Upper West Regional Hospital in Wa and the War Memorial Hospital in Navrongo.
He explained that the choice of the War Memorial Hospital for the donation was due to the infection rate of the COVID-19 virus in Navrongo at the peak of the pandemic, which led to the death of a nurse in the Hospital.
The Regional President said the next batch of donation of PPE would include the Upper East Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga.
He urged all nurses and midwives across the Region to ignore the claim of scam and join the UPNMG, and also encouraged members to school their colleague professionals on activities of the Union and the benefits they would derive as members.