Government has recruited about 55, 000 nurses – Second Lady

By
Hannah Awadzi, GNA

Dodowa (GAR), Dec.
3, GNA – Mrs Samira Bawumia, the Second Lady, on Tuesday announced that
government has recruited about 55,000 nurses to demonstrate commitment towards
an improved health care system

The Second Lady was
the guest speaker at the 17th Biennial National Delegates congress
of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association.

The event was held
under the theme: “Investing in Nurses and Midwives for better prospects.”

The Ghana Registered
Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) is a professional Association for all
categories of nurses and midwives with a vision to become frontline health care
service providers and excellent team players in the health care continuum.

Dr Kwaku
Asante-Krobea, President of the GRNMA, in an address to delegates, said nursing
is now directed towards strengthening collaboration with key stakeholders to
help deliver the overall vision of achieving universal health coverage and the
sustainable development goals.

He said Ghana needed
40,000 nurses and midwives in the next two years to make up for the shortages
in the healthcare system

“The Nurse –Patient
ratio remains 1 is to 28… and Ghana currently having over 20,000 unemployed
nurse and midwives graduates.”

Dr Asante-Krobea
said there is the need to address the expansion of nursing and midwifery
knowledge and teach students the complexity and challenges of managing patient
population.

“This calls for
pragmatic investment in the nursing and midwifery workforce and procurement of
a positive practice environment,” he said.

He called on
government to take advantage of year 2020, which has been declared as the
Nurses and Midwife year by the World Health Organization, to strengthen their
resolve to prioritize healthcare and see it as an investment rather than cost.

Nurses play a
critical role in health promotion, disease prevention and delivering primary
and community care, Dr Asante-Krobea added.

The five-day
Biennial National Delegates Congress of the GRNMA would elect new National
executives for the Association.

GNA

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