Accra Sept. 7, GNA - The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives’ Association (GRNMA) says it was not against the employment of nurses and midwives under the Nations Builders Corps (NABCO).
Reverend Dr Kweku Asante-Krobea, President of GRNMA has however appealed to government to pay nurses and midwives under the NABCO the same salary of their colleagues who were already in employment.
Rev. Dr. Asante-Krobea said this because nurses and midwives, who had been mandated to render essential services, were going to offer the same services as their colleagues already in employment.
“We are not opposed to actions under NABCO, we want government to give nurses and midwives what they deserve as professionals.”
The President of GRNMA was at this year’s awards and closing ceremony of Military Nightingales Annual Week Celebration held at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
The week-long celebration was on the theme “Access to safe and Quality Health Care: Nurse and Midwives leading the advocacy.
Rev. Dr. Asante-Krobea further raised questions over the fate of nurses and midwives after serving three years under the NABCO.
“What happens to nurses and midwives who are not employed at their work places after three years under NABCO? Under the profession, they are expected to be promoted after three years of work,” he quizzed.
Rev. Dr. Asante- Krobea said the GRNMA was working with government in the recruitment of 27,000 nurses and midwives adding that by “next week we will see positive response from government.”
He said the Military nurses and midwives represented their hope since the demands of their employers had been difficult and nurses and midwives had in recent time been targets of insults and vilification because roles of some members lived much to be desired.
Despite this, Rev Dr Asante-Krobea said there were still some “Nightingales” among members and encouraged them to do what they were known for and the association was going to replicate 54 room facility for nurses across the country and indicated that it was ready to provide one of such edifices at the 37 Military hospital in Accra.
Lieutenant Col. Patience Owusu Aidoo, Chairperson of the 2018 Planning Committee of the Military Nightingale Week Celebration said the theme for the celebration was chosen to ensure that their clients got the best care and noted that the nursing profession in recent times had come under public scrutiny and criticisms and some of their clients were expressing dissatisfaction with the service they received.
According to her, clients were becoming more aware of their expectations and thus it behoved on them as “duty bearers to lead the advocacy for quality.’
She said the hospital had resolved to continue to lead in ensuring safe and quality health for their clients.
Serving and Retirees Nurses and Midwives were awarded for their hard work.