Bolgatanga, July 12, GNA – Mr Irenious Kuulanang Angso, the Human Resource (HR) Manager of the Upper East Regional hospital in Bolgatanga, has called on health professionals to plan their retirement to enable them enjoy life after retirement.
He said retirement is a period when employees voluntarily leave active service between the ages of 45 and 60, or the process of leaving the service due to constitutional provisions at the age of 60.
“Don’t take retirement as punishment, it is important that you accept its presence in your life and accept it with a smile.
After all you have not retired from life,” he said.
Mr Angso was speaking at a day's workshop organized by the Paediatric Department of the Hospital in collaboration with management of the facility as part of activities to mark the department’s “Child Open Day forum.”
The HR Manager said many health professionals, especially nurses and midwives were so buried in their work that they tend to forget to plan their retirement.
He said it is sad to note that senior nurses and midwives who were about two or three years to retirement, have not acquired any property, especially houses during their active youthful days because they lived in government bungalows and seemed to forget that it was not their property.
Mr Angso said the retirement plan should be done immediately they received their appointment letters and they should not wait until they were near retirement before they started planning.
“Cut off the enjoyment and invest your money towards your retirement,” he said, adding that “those who do so, are more likely to find retirement as a rich and rewarding experience.”
He said the skills, value, interest and attitudes accumulated in life’s journey would continue to serve them well into retirement.
Mr Angso said retirement created opportunities for retirees to spread their wings, discover new horizons and do all the activities that they had always wanted to do, but never got the time.