International Nurses Day celebration launched

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The 2013 International Nurses Day Celebration has been launched in Accra, with a call on nurses to raise the standards of health care to save more lives.

The President of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association, Mr Kwaku Asante-Krobea, who made the call yesterday, said it was the responsibility of health workers to enhance health care delivery.

He also urged nurses to make a good impression on society through the use of communication.

He said the association was working to establish a second Tier Pension Scheme for its members and streamline the management of the nurses’ fund.

The week-long celebration is to honour and appreciate the dedication, commitment and devotion of nurses and midwives to duty and their contributions to the healthcare profession across nations.

The celebration is on the theme: “Closing the Gap: Millennium Development Goals 4,5,6”.

The event in Ghana is being used by nurses to focus attention on industrial harmony and the nursing career without which achieving the MDG goals would be impossible.

The celebration is also intended to provide the platform for reflection and stocktaking of the contributions of nurses and nurses to healthcare delivery.

In a speech read on her behalf, the Minister of Health, Ms Sherry Ayittey, commended health workers for their dedication in service delivery.

She expressed the commitment of the ministry to ensure the welfare of health workers.