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Lack of resources impeding our work – Nurses, midwives in Upper East Region

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The Assistant Secretary of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA), Francis Kwaku Wuni, has said nurses and midwives in rural communities lack the requisite resources needed to deliver quality healthcare. He said the resources reduced as they move from the Regional Health Directorate to the villages.

“As we are even talking about resources to work with, as you move from the Regional Health Directorate, regional hospital to the district hospitals and health centres, the resources get reduced. In the hinterlands, sometimes you go there and it is only a thermometer and BP apparatus. So we are lacking them (resources). And as we live in the hinterlands, you agree that our members have to travel. Sometimes there are no roads in some of the villages. Even potable water, water to drink, but our people are there.”

Francis Kwaku Wuni said this when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

Despite the many challenges nurses and midwives faced in the hinterlands, Mr. Awuni said they are poised in delivering healthcare.

“In the entire region, we form at least 90 percent of health workers. So all the challenges they are talking about, our members face them the more. They are poised to do anything. We believe that is about access, everybody must have access to health service and so we must get to the hinterlands and deliver health services and we are doing just that.”

Earlier on the same programme, the Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Emmanuel Kofi Dzotsi revealed that about 90 percent of healthcare workers are requesting to leave the region.

Speaking in relation to that, Mr. Awuni said “it is we (nurses and midwives); we are even ready to leave. I can tell you that at the regional hospital we have a lot of nurses and midwives who have left and others who will leave. Migration is a right. People want to deliver health service. Some people are results-oriented; you don’t have the equipment to take care of a patient the way would want to. The environment itself is not attractive. Nurses and midwives come to work and park their motors and at the end of the day a motor is stolen. How much is our pay? What do we get? Yet at the end of the day I have lost GHC6000.00.”

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana

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