Accra, Dec. 19, GNA – Mrs Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, the President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives (GRNMA) has given assurance that the Association will come out with better working conditions of service.
She urged nurses and midwives across the country to continue to protect themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic as they relentlessly rendered health care services to their numerous patients, and impressed on them to continue to uplift the image of the profession.
Mrs Ofori-Ampofo gave the assurance when she addressed members of the GRNMA at the Association’s 60th Anniversary dinner and awards night held in Accra.
The occasion was meant to award past executives, nurses and midwives who had distinguished themselves creditably in their line of duty, and to also recognise the efforts of some long serving staff of the Association over the years.
Mrs Ofori-Amofo noted that “It is a milestone in the life of our Association, and we are proud of ourselves that we have been able to uplift the image of our nursing and midwifery professions at this time. 60 years in the life of our Union has not been that smooth.
“The strength and anxiety has not been that easy, but we are grateful to God that we are even here at this time to have this dinner and awards night,” the GRNMA President said.
Mrs Ofori-Ampofo said leadership acknowledged that “We know things are not the way we want it to be, but there is a partnership we have with our stakeholders, and we will continue to leverage on that to ensure we have better conditions of service for all nurses and midwives in this country.”
She said leadership would also impact on policies as guided by its own strategic plan with their six-pillar thematic areas, “We are looking at bettering our leadership and governance, training, research and education of our members, welfare issues and influencing policies.”
She congratulated all awardees and encouraged members of the GRNMA to continue to inspire themselves to deliver health care services to the benefit of the people of Ghana.
Madam Gifty Tina Mensah, the Deputy Minister of Health in her address, said the Ministry was proud of the services of nurses and midwives in the country over the past 60 years.
She said nurses and midwives were the largest group of health professionals in Ghana and the world at large, as they played critical roles in the achievement of health sector goals and objectives.
“We know the year 2020 has not been easy considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the health sector and the economy. However, we are grateful to God for the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the strategies adopted nationally to curtail the spread of the virus.”
The Deputy Health Minister congratulated winners of various awards, and said the awards should serve as motivation to all nurses and midwives across the country to emulate their hard work and dedication to serve the citizenry.
Madam Mensah said government was committed to delivering on its mandate to make health care services available and accessible, and ensure better conditions of service for public sector workers.
Mr Surajdeen Haadi, a Registered Community Health Nurse at Kundugu in the Wa East District of the Upper West Region was adjudged the National Best Nurse.
He took home a brand new saloon car sponsored by Calbank Limited and a plaque.