Nurses Association calls for medical health insurance package for members

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The Ketu South District of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) has called for the institution of an insurance package for medical experts.

The Association said such a package was vital to guard them against high medical costs in treating illnesses and accidents as giving care to the general public.

Mr Samuel K. Numana, the Chairman, Ketu South GRNMA, made the decision in his welcome address at a grand durbar to climax this yr’s Nurses and Midwives Week celebration held at Aflao on the theme: “Nurses and Midwives, a Voice to Lead – Spend money on Nursing and Respect Nurses Right to Secure Global Health.”

He said the package can be a technique of investing within the nurses and midwife’s workforce, who despite the numerous challenges, including working under extremely difficult situations, continued to reveal commitment and sacrifice as seen within the COVID-19 era.

“We, due to this fact, wish so as to add our voice to the decision by the Association (mother) to ask our employers; Ghana Health Service, Ministry of Health and the federal government for medical health insurance package for medical experts within the country.

It’s an undeniable incontrovertible fact that our colleague nurses and midwives are dying from preventable diseases because they can not afford the associated fee of care. It’s so pathetic and shameful for medical experts soliciting funds on social media for medical care.”

Mr Moses Robertson Anyigba, the Volta/Oti Regional Chairman, GRNMA, described the theme for the celebration as apt, saying, “the weakness and vulnerabilities we witnessed in the course of the peak of COVID-19 were clearly a results of underinvestment in health systems all over the world.”

He said the best way forward was for the federal government to take a position in nursing and midwifery education, address shortage of nurses, provide positive practice environment and adequate remuneration, and involve them in decision making in all elements of health and healthcare to be able to transform health systems to satisfy the needs of people and communities now and in future.

Madam Abla Dzifa Gomashie, Member of Parliament for Ketu South in a speech read on her behalf appreciated nurses and midwives, the bedrock of the health workforce for his or her efforts and asked all stakeholders to get together to take a position in them for quality healthcare delivery within the country.

Dr Alphones Makafui Dzakpasu, the Medical Superintendent, Ketu South Municipal Hospital, who chaired the event, underscored the necessity for all medical experts to work together for a standard cause as “access to healthcare is not any longer the challenge but access to quality healthcare.”

He charged nurses and midwives to abide by their pledges and prayers to provide off their best to clients.

International Nurses Day is observed globally every May 12 to honour Florence Nightingale, the founder of recent nursing with Nurses and Midwives Week celebration being an event to have fun contributions of nurses and midwives to healthcare delivery.

The durbar, which saw the award of some nurses and midwives, appreciation of some noble retired nurses and midwives and past District executives had Ms Georgina Vivian Yawli emerging the Best Nurse/Midwife for 2021/2022.

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