The Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG) has lauded the level of professionalism of Ghanaian Nurses and Midwives.
In an interview with Joy News’ Blessed Sogah on The Pulse, Mr. Maxwell Oduro Yeboah, the president of the union indicated that western countries have placed a premium on Ghanaian nurses and midwives due to the high level of professionalism they [the nurses and midwives] exhibit.
This is on the back of the recent exodus of Ghanaian health professionals to the west.
Mr. Yeboah discounted claims of cheap labour being the major factor behind the West’s preference for health professionals from Ghana.
“It’s [the exodus of nurses] got nothing to do cheap labor. Ghanaian nurses are hardworking and very professional,” Mr. Yeboah said.
Mr. Yeboah continued:
“If you visit our wards, the sort of professionalism you see from trained nurses is exceptional so when they travel abroad, the kind of services they put up are superb.”
“Even if you go online, most of the times when they are giving criteria for selection, they say they want West African nurses, specifically, Ghanaian nurses.”
“It means we are doing something exceptional.”
Explaining why Ghanaian nurses and midwives are sometimes not highly appreciated back home, Mr. Yeboah indicated that inadequate resources and the lack of better conditions of service are the major factors preventing some nurses from giving off their best.
He, however, insisted that despite the inconveniences, most Ghanaian nurses and midwives often strive to give off their best.
The President of the Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana, also expressed concerns about the poor conditions of service of Ghanaian nurses / midwives, indicating that if is not addressed in the long run, it will lead to a situation where our specialists will be lost to the west.
To improve upon the level of professionalism of Ghanaian nurses and midwives, Mr. Yeboah indicated that the UPNMG provides:
• Continuing Professional Development (CPD),
• Scholarships and
• Loans to their members who wish to further their education.
Mr. Yeboah further explained that the UPNMG only seeks to better the conditions of service / welfare of Ghanaian nurses and midwives and that the group is not in any kind of competition with the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA).