Accra, Oct. 6, GNA – A team of Health Professionals from the Palm Beach County (PBC) Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), Florida, USA, have arrived in Ghana.
The maiden team who are to complement government’s efforts in the provision and delivery of healthcare services to the people in the Tamale Metropolis of the Northern Region are expected to spend about two weeks in the country.
The project is the initiative of the African Diaspora Network (AND) LLC, a Ghanaian Business Networking and Consultancy Firm in Florida, USA in collaboration with Palm Beach County Black Nurses and the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TMA).
The initiative which would be an annual or bi-annual volunteering medical mission to the Metropolis was born out of the investment trip made by the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tamale, Mr Iddrisu Musah Superior and is to demystify the perception and mentality that only white medical and health professionals embarked on medical missions to the African continent.
At a media briefing in Accra, Mr Abdul Samad Mukhtari, Co-Founder of the ADN LLC said the objective of the team was to provide healthcare delivery to the three hospitals in the Tamale Metropolis and share knowledge and experiences with their Ghanaian counterparts.
He said the team would also meet the President of the Traditional Healers Association, Traditional Birth Attendants in the North as well as provide medical care to the inmates of the Tamale Orphanage Home.
Mr Mukhtari said the ADN LLC main objectives is to provide and promote business network opportunities for Ghanaian businesses both in Ghana and in the diaspora.
He said his outfit also promote Ghana’s cultural Heritage through a travel and tours operations by bringing to Ghana African in the diaspora, photo and video production and general business contracting.
Harysha Thompson Co-Founder of the AND LLC said the doors of the ADN LLC was opened to every business entity both in Ghana and abroad who would want to collaborate with the network in the provision of tourism, marketing and other businesses
Mrs Avis Spradley Brown, a Board Certified Adult Gententological Primary Care Nurse and President of PBCBNA said the association’s desire to embark on a global healthcare mission was sparked up two years ago.
According to Mrs Brown, the PBCBNA had collaborated with the ADN LLC on other ventures and felt they were the perfect organisation to assist in taking their culture of learning to Ghana.
She said Illness and diseases were universal, and that healthcare could be generalised across any nation.
“We are not in Ghana to teach but to empower, and to form a symbiotic relationship that is mutually beneficial to us and to the Ghanaian people.”
The Association President said the founding members of the NBNA recognised that in order to make a difference in the quality of life in communities, black nurses across the nation had to take the lead.
She said the NBNA programme help its members to grow stronger as they seek to provide culturally competent health care services in communities
Other members of the team include Rochun McCray, the Association Vice President, Chiquita Rockiemore, registered nurses, Moses Brown and Sonja Jones.
The Palm Beach County Black Nurses Association has been serving communities since 2004 and partnering with other interest groups in order to promote and achieve optimal health within the black community in the Palm Beaches.
Its mission is to bring nurses together, with the aim of advocating and empowering persons of colour to make significant improvements in their health status whilst its vision is to be a voice on healthcare issues for persons of colour.
The NBNA was established in 1971 under the leadership of Dr Lauranne Sams, former Dean and Professor of Nursing at the School of Nursing, Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA and was incorporated on September 2, 1972 in the state of Ohio, USA.
It is a non-profit organisation with its membership made up of African American Nurses with expertise and specialised backgrounds in various professional health fields.
Its mission is “to represent and provide a forum for Black nurses to advocate and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of colour.”
It has a representation of about 150,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the USA, Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 92 chartered chapters, in 35 states.