Madam Salamatu Ibrahim, Nkoranza South Municipal Director of Health Services, has appealed to nurses in rural communities to communicate their experiences and ideas to help improve the health care delivery to the people.
She said the importance of “home visits” to educate the people on health issues and also counsel and encourage patients in the management of their diseases to save lives in the communities, cannot be ignored.
Madam Ibrahim was addressing a one-day mid-year performance review meeting of more than 60 nurses drawn from 10 health facilities in the Municipality at Nkoranza on Friday.
She said since the Meeting was a “Stock taking” activity, it was important that nurses adopted effective strategies to address challenges that faced them for improvement.
The Municipal Director of Health Services also advised the nurses to make judicious use of logistics entrusted to them to ensure value for money.
Mr Charles Kwasi Gyamfi, Nkoranza South District Disease Control Officer, called on the participants to undertake regular visits to basic schools to examine pupils and students to identify those with health problems for the necessary attention and treatment.
Mr Gyamfi also emphasized the need for them to take surveillance of diseases to prevent or control any epidemic in the communities saying they could do that better by liaising with the Community-Based Surveillance Volunteers.
Madam Comfort Korkor, Nkoranza South District Public Health Nurse, reminded the nurses of the sacrificial services rendered by Florence Nightingale and advised them to offer selfless and dedicated services to the people to maintain high sense of trust and confidence reposed in them.
She also advised them to promote ante-natal and child welfare clinics among pregnant women and nursing mothers so as to assist in combating maternal and infant deaths in the communities.
Okofo Agyapong III, Adontenhene of Nkoranza, expressed appreciation for the efforts of nurses in the area, especially those who visited the homes of HIV/AIDS patients to counsel and encourage them and urged them to continue such good practices. GNA