Godfred A. Polkuu, GNA
Bolgatanga, Aug. 10, GNA - Ms Gifty Tater, a Nursing Officer at the Upper East Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga, was on Thursday, honoured for her commitment, hard work and dedication to duty, and adjudged the overall best worker of the facility for 2017.
Management of the facility in a citation, described Ms Tater’s commitment to work as “unparalleled” adding that “As a staff of the Regional Hospital, you have been a creative problem-solver who consistently demonstrate excellence in the efficiency, productivity, and quality of work.”
Ms Tater, who was also awarded for being the Best Nurse, has worked in the hospital for nine years, and had risen through the ranks to the position of a Nursing Officer, by dint of hard work, and was appointed in-charge of the hospital’s emergency unit for two years.
She took home a double deck refrigerator, a wall clock, a certificate of honour and a 32 inch flat screen television, while 21 other members of staff also received wall clocks, certificates of honour and citations for their hard work and dedication in service delivery.
The awardees included; Mrs Justina Ayorobila Gockah, Ms Esther Mensah Sonna Ann, Mr Emmanuel Geyevo, Ms Rosemary Kayeeb, Mr Benjamin Boateng, Ms Gifty Donsongor, Mr Moro Sandah, Ms Solace Essuman, Mr Simon Amina, Ms Agnes Addy, Ms Alice Akurugu.
The rest are Mr Peter Anatiah, Mr Richard Adda, Ms Christiana Ayawini, Mr Kwabena Fosu, Ms Augustina Anafo, Mr Francis Nsor, Mr Musah Taufic, Mr Soomon Kagre and Mr Ernest Bimpong.
Dr Ernestina Addah, a Medical Officer was awarded the best prescriber of the facility, with Mr Issaka Amadu receiving the best paramedic award. The hospital’s laboratory got a 32-inch flat screen television, a certificate of honour and citation for being the best unit.
Mr Zakariah Yakubu, Head of Administration of the Hospital said a committee was set up, which requested various units to select among themselves persons they thought deserved to be rewarded from the units.
He said the committee received several names and requested them to compete to select the best worker for the hospital.
“All the people who may be taking awards today, is in recognition of the fact that we all put up our best in the course of the year. That is not to say that others did not do any work, we all did well as was evidenced in the hospital’s performance over the years, but we cannot reward everybody but the few, we felt put up outstanding performances.”
Dr Patrick Atobrah, the Medical Director of the hospital, reminded the staff of their responsibilities, as health care providers to their clients and patients, and urged them to work as a team and render quality care to patients.
“The mandate of the hospital is to take care of the community, the hospital is not for us, it is because of the community we are here. Let us work together as a team to ensure that community members receive the best of care.” Dr Atobrah said.
He urged them to “be emergency prepared” as health professionals and be ready to receive emergencies at all times, and called on the biomedical scientists in the facility to run laboratory investigations, especially the Liver Function Test (LFT), Renal Function Test (RFT) among others, without delay, adding that, “some of the chemistries are emergencies.”
Ms Tater told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview after the durbar that “she feels great to be honoured. It’s been a long time we had something like this, it is really motivating. In fact, I am overwhelmed.”
She said even though the hospital was a difficult place to work in, it was incumbent on staff, especially nurses to put up their best, irrespective of the constraints.