Dr.Ebenezer Appiah Denkyirah, Director General of the Ghana Health Service has underscored the need to introduce culture in the curricula of Nursing Training Schools and Hospitals in the country.
This, he said, would involve traditional leaders and queen mothers to play their roles by instilling into nurses some of the knowledge of the past on ethics, in addition to the scientific knowledge they acquired from school, in the practice of nursing and midwifery.
Dr. Denkyirah made the call at the closing ceremony of a two-day workshop organized by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana on the theme, “Ethico-Legal Issues in Nursing and Midwifery Practice.”
He said the Ministry of Health would soon award committed and hardworking nurses and midwives to encourage and motivate them for their dedication.l
The Director General advised Nurses and Midwives to make information available to patients, and establish a cordial relationship with them, by doing follow-ups after the discharge of the patients.
Mr. Felix Nyante Acting Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana explained that the nation-wide workshop is a response of the Council, to the public outcry, over the perceived poor attitude of nurses towards patients in the country.
He six institutions have been accredited by the Council to supplement its effort in conducting Continuing Professional Development throughout the country.
He said the residual knowledge that should be sent back to their various work places is best expressed in the Akan symbol “Sankofa,” to remind them of the need to go back to the basic ethics and principles being thought them in school.
He disclosed that in effort to guarantee the highest quality of nursing and midwifery care to the public, the names of approved Nursing Training Schools, and nurses and midwives in good standing who were given the license to practice have been published on the council’s website.
He said, nurses who worked in unauthorized institutions not accredited by the National Accreditation Board and the National Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, would be smoked out and sanctioned when caught by the Regional Supervision Team.
Lt. Cln. Lucy Bleboo, officer in charge of Polyclinics at the 37 Military Hospital, was optimistic that the knowledge acquired at the workshop was going to help the participants to be vigilant and thoroughly monitor nurses to be on their guard when taking care of patients at hospitals.
Lt. Cln. Bleboo urged health professionals to see patients as their own family members and endeavour to attend to their needs. GNA