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2020 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY SEMINAR

PROGRAM OUTLINE

9:30 a.m. – Arrival of Guests and Dignitaries

Opening Prayer: Mr. Solomon Ajao (Greater Accra Regional Secretary)

Brief Welcome Statement: Mr. David Tenkorang-Twum(General Secretary, GRNMA)READMORE

2020 INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY LAUNCH

The launch of the 2020 International Nurses Day will come on at the forecourt of the GRNMA secretariat and would be live on Facebook on Tuesday 12 May 2020.

The event will be Chaired by Mrs. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, the President of the GRNMA, Hon. Kweku Agyeman Manu and Prof. Lydia Aziato. Read More

GRNMA Tour Greater Accra

The next stop of the National Working Tour of the National Executive Committee took the team to the Greater Accra region for two days working tour from 26th to 28th July 2017.  Read More

2020WORKERS DAY

Members of GRNMA across the ten regions of Ghana participated in the national and regional parades and offered health screening and first aid services.  Read More

JOINT HEALTH SECTOR UNIONS & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

PRESS RELEASE

9™ JULY 2020

 

Ghana Medical Association (GMA)

Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA)

Health Services Workers’ Union of TUC Ghana (HSWU)

Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA)

Following an emergency meeting held on 1st of July 2020, by the Ghana Medical Association, Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, Health Services Workers Union and Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association to discuss the spike in the spread of COVID-19 infection among health workers in Ghana, and considering that the increasing numbers had a grave tendency of stifling the efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in Ghana, we are having this Press Conference to inform the general public and our dear health care workers of the following:

1. COVID-19 INFECTIONS AMONG HEALTH WORKERS

As of 30th June 2020, over seven hundred and seventy-nine (779) health workers had contracted the COVID-I 9 virus in the line of duty with a total of nine (9) deaths have occurred so far. A large number of health workers are also currently in isolation awaiting their test results after having been exposed to the virus at their places of work.
The data gathered so far indicates that;
190 members of the GMA (Doctors) have contracted the virus with 4 unfortunate deaths.

410 members of the GRNMA and its Allied Associations (Nurses and Midwives) have contracted the virus with 1 unfortunate death.

156 members of the HSWU hove con1rnc1cd the virus with 3 unfortunate deaths.

23 members of the GHOSPA l11tv<‘ cont meted the virus with I unfortunate death.

The major causes of this unacceptably high rate of infections among health workers could be attributed to the following:

  1. Inadequate and erratic supply of PPEs lo health workers both in quantity and quality (appropriateness)
  2. General breakdown or non-adherence to infection prevention and control (safety) protocols in most facilities together with shortages or complete lack of disinfecting agents in some facilities
  3. Non-disclosure or concealment of information from health workers by facility managers when colleagues test positive for COVID-19 at the workplace
  4. The delays in receipt of COVID-19 test results for patients being managed onwards resulting in increased exposure of health personnel to the virus
  5. The breakdown or inadequate contact tracing within facilities
  6. Lack of designated holding bays for suspected cases in some facilities
  7. Delays in the closure of wards or facilities for disinfection following exposure to COVID-19 patients
  8. Apparent disregard of the safety protocols by some health workers and patients who visit health facilities

The rising infection rate among health workers is a matter of grave concern because it negatively affects staffing levels and results in mounting work pressure on the few health workers at the post. If this trend persists, there would virtually be just a few health workers available to attend to patients even as COVID-19 cases in Ghana keeps rising.

2. OUR DEPARTED COLLEAGUES (HEROES)

The leadership of the Health Sector Unions and Professional Associations hereby express our condolences to the bereaved families of our fallen Comrades and Heroes. We also urge the general public to join us in prayer in committing the souls of our departed colleagues into the hands of the Lord.

3. CHALLENGES IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC NATIONAL RESPONSE AND CASE MANAGEMENT

The Health Sector Unions and Professional Associations are gravely concerned about the increasing COVID-19 case count in the country, especially the daily case count. Increasingly, a lot more symptomatic and very ill patient. who require ill-patient care arc presenting to our health facilities. The current state of affairs has the potential t0 over-stretch the already fragile health system as well as impact negatively on the care of non- COVI D-19 patients.

The National COVID-19 response is also fraught with a lot of challenges including:

  • Shortage or inadequate Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE’s) for health workers in particular
  • Periodic shortages or non-availability of essential drugs for case management
  • Reduced testing capacity in the midst of increasing daily case count as well as a huge delay􀃗 in getting te t re ults for patients (sometimes up to three (3) weeks or more). This situation is not the best, especially with its attendant high risk of viral exposure to both health professionals and the general public at the various health facilities
  • Inadequate human resource for specialist care
  • Inadequate intensive care units (high dependency units) or a complete lack of same in a lot of regions in the country

4. RECOMMENDATION
By this Press Statement, we entreat the government to take swift and practicable measures to avert the imminent calamitous ramifications. To curtail the spread and win the fight against COVID-19, the group proffers the following measures;
Go,·ernment should as a matter of urgency ensure the following to help curtail the spread of
COVID-19 in the country

i. Regular provision of adequate PPEs for all health workers at all times
ii. Intensification of COVTD-19 preventive and stigma education among the general public
iii. Government through the Security agencies should ensure Strict enforcement of all COVID- 19 safety protocols without fear or favor
iv. Transparent and adequate dissemination of information to expose health workers whose colleagues have tested positive for COVID-at the workplace.
v. Expand COVID-19 testing centers and their capacity throughout the country together with readily available test kits to prevent undue delays in obtaining test results. The government must ensure that test results are available within 24 to 48hours
vi. All health facilities must mandatorily create holding bays to detain all patients who are suspected to have contracted COVID-19.
vii. Functional Infection Prevention and Control (Safety) Committees in all health facilities

We need to state with much trepidation that, Ghana would be treading on dangerous grounds if the government fails to act accordingly

5. MOTIVATIONAL PACKAGE FOR HEALTH WORKERS: DEFINITION FOR FRONTLINE HEALTH WORKERS

It is also important to state that all health facilities are highly infectious zones and for that matter, anybody working there is in danger. In view of this, we call on the government to consider redefining the term “Frontline Health Workers”. The reason is that information reaching the Unions indicates that the majority of the health workers contracting COVID-19 are rather those who are not classified as “Frontline Health Workers”. Considering this trend, it is fair that all health workers are considered for the motivational package.

6.GENERAL PUBLIC
The general public is also entreated to adhere to all the safety protocols to curtail the spread of the disease. COVID-19 IS REAL. There is no available vaccine for COVID-19, the only way to prevent its spread is through strict adherence to the safety protocols at all times. Stigmatization should also be avoided in all its forms to allow people to present themselves for early treatment and to allow for effective integration into their communities after treatment.
Let’s keep to the safety protocols and stay safe!
Long Live All Health Sector Unions and Association!
Long Live Trade Union Solidarity!
Long Live Ghana!

CNMF COVID-19 IN THE COMMONWEALTH

6 June 2020

The Commonwealth Secretariat provides a daily update of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Commonwealth countries, reported as a percentage of the population.
https://www.thecommonwealth.io/covid19dashboard/#/.
The Commonwealth comprises 54 countries, across all continents with a combined population of 2.4 billion people, almost a third of the world population. As of 8 July 2020, there were 1,915,113 cases of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth with 86,218 deaths. This compares favorably with global figures on the same date of 12,151,535 cases with 551,125 deaths. Globally on 8 July, there were 4,582,683 active cases (99% classified as mild with 1% classified as serious or critical). There were 7,568,852 closed cases (93% of which had recovered; 7% of whom had died)… Read more

CALL FOR RESEARCH MATERIALS AND WRITE UPS FOR GRNMA JOURNAL

27/05/2020

” Information makes the Association ”

As part of the processes adopted by the Editorial Committee to launch the Publication of the GRNMA JOURNAL for nurses, midwives and the public, all Regional Chairmen and Secretaries and any other member are humbly called upon and invited to submit on any or all of the under-listed topics to the Editorial Committee.

Research Articles with an abstract of not more than 400 words will be appreciated.

Topics include:

1. Research Articles

2. Outstanding personal Nursing and Midwifery Experiences

3. Prevalent medical conditions and contemporary health news

4. Social and Economic news and events

5. Innovations in Nursing and Midwifery (Local/International)

6. Personal views (on nursing and midwifery issues)

7. Personal Profiling (a report of or by a nurse or midwife who has done any other extra profession; music, law, entrepreneurial activities, etc aside the nursing or midwifery profession)

8. Stories from the Hospitals, CHPS Compounds, Health Centres, and the designated COVID Treatment Centres about the COVID 19 experiences and challenges, etc.

All articles intended for publication should be sent to grnmajournal@gmail.com not later than 15th June 2020.

All are entreated to help contribute to change the face of the GRNMA.

Thank you.

EID MUBARAK TO OUR MUSLIM BROTHERS AND SISTERS – GRNMA

24/05/2020

The President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, Mrs. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, on behalf of the leadership of the Association, wishes all our Muslim brothers and sisters a Happy Eid ul-Fitr, a time of wholesome thanksgiving involving spiritual devotion and humanitarian benevolence.

As you mark this year’s Eid with prayers and activities in your homes, we join you in spirit to pray to the Almighty God to deliver our dear nation Ghana and the whole world from the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is our hope that in all your activities, you will stay committed to the social distancing and hygiene protocols and avoid practices that may expose you to the COVID-19 infection.

Barka da Sallah to you all.

FAITHFUL RAMADAN TO ALL MOSLEMS – GRNMA

The President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, Mrs. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, and the National Executive Committee members wish to express their best wishes to our Muslim brothers and sisters of the general populace, and particularly of the GRNMA, on the occasion of the 30-Day fasting and prayers, they are undergoing.

It is our prayer that the Almighty Allah listens to your prayers and deliver us from this COVID-19 pandemic.

The President humbly requests all nurses and midwives to continue to observe the precautionary measures at the various set up in their respective institutions in order not to fall victim to the coronavirus.

On behalf of the GRNMA, we wish all Muslims, Happy Ramadan.

LEADERSHIP OF ROTATION NURSES AND MIDWIVES OF NAP AND NAC 2017, 2018 BATCH, OTHERS PAY A COURTESY CALL ON GHANA REGISTERED NURSES AND MIDWIVES’ ASSOCIATION

The Leadership of 2017 and 2018 batch of Nursing Assistants Clinical and Nursing Assistant Preventive paid a courtesy call on the National Executive Committee of GRNMA on Tuesday, 28th April, 2020 at the GRNMA National Secretariat, Shiashie in Accra.

Among the issues discussed were;

The way forward of seeking Government Clearance for the 20172018 NAC-NAP category by the MOH, which they were excluded when the portal was opened for only the Diploma and Degree holders,

During the interaction, The President of GRNMA, Mrs. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo and her team assured the leadership, GRNMA continuous advocate and liaison with the employer to ensure their Clearance is fast-tracked since they have been in the house close to 3 years and their services are much need in this time of Pandemic to argument the Nursing workforce.

They also were assured of adequate

information during all negotiations between the Association and the Ministry

The General Secretary, Mr. David Tenkorang Twum, informed them that all avenues were being deployed for the immediate release of Clearance by Government until the ban on meetings were placed by Government as result of the spread of the COVID 19 and all negotiations with the employer will resume soon.

He further assured them of the unflinching support of GRNMA to their group as a mother union, which same is as being done currently for 2019 Rotation Nurses and Midwives, to get their Biometric Registration captured by the Controller and Accountant General Department fully sponsored by the Association to aid in the fast track of their processes in other not to delay the payment of their allowances.

The Reps were thankful and pledged their support and allegiance to the GRNMA and said they would cooperate with the Leadership to help achieve the best for all their members.

Nurse-Midwife Care Solutions

22/05/2020

The GRNMA in collaboration with Stanbic bank has developed financial solutions for Nurses and Midwives who are members of GRNMA.

Simply follow these steps to acquire the financial assistance you have been dreaming of.

1. Visit the GRNMA website at www.ghananurses.org

2. Identify the GRNMA STANBIC NURSE MIDWIFE CARE SOLUTIONS on the home page and click on it.

3. Download and print the relevant application form that you need. That is the PERSONAL LOAN Application form for the Unsecured Personal Loans and Auto Loans, the PERSONAL OVERDRAFT LIMIT Application form for the SALAD ie Salary Advance for new entrants in the Health Sector and HOME LOAN Application form for mortgage cover. Also, download and print the LETTER OF UNDERTAKING.

4. Fill the application form and contact your Facility Head and GRNMA District Chairman to endorse the LETTER OF UNDERTAKING by signing and stamping the documents.

5. Scan the documents and send it via email to Stanbic Bank at

Customercare@stanbic.com.gh. Ensure you copy the GRNMA head office at info@ghananurses.org. You can also submit the forms to any Stanbic Bank office.

6. After the email submission, Stanbic will get in touch and the money will hit your account.

7. You can also visit the Stanbic link as provided below to access the forms.

https://www.stanbicbank.com.gh/gh/personal/products-and-services/bank with-us/nurse-midwife-care

UPDATE ON BOLT FREE RIDE

This is to inform GRNMA members in the Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi, and Kasoa area that, the much-expected Bolt Free rides have been unduly delayed due to the inability of Bolt to complete its internal processes.

We, therefore, call on members in the aforementioned areas to remain patient as we follow up on the institution of the free rides.

We wish to assure members that whenever the green light is given by Bolt, a notice of the same will be issued.

Members are entreated to reach out to leadership at all levels with information on their challenges and also suggestions on ensuring the general safety of nurses and midwives during this pandemic and beyond.

#StaySafe #SpreadCalm NotFear #WeShallOverCome

GRNMA-BOLT SERVICES

We refer to the above for all GRNMA members ordering for rides with the BOLT service in the already-specified areas:

(GREATER ACCRA, GREATER KUMASI, and KASOA AREA)

to observe the following:

If any of our member’s orders for a ride:

1. Don’t communicate with the driver in relation to the cost involved

2. When you reach your destination, just thank the driver and go to the workplace

3. Remember to rate the Driver on your phone and submit.

Kindly abide by the directives to enjoy a smooth ride.

REQUIREMENTS FOR 2019 BATCH OF ROTATION NURSES AND MIDWIVES

Requirements;

1. Staff ID

2. Full Name

3. Bank Details

4. Account Number

5. SSNIT number

6. Phone number

7. Where you stay.

(NB: In case a member has no Staff ID, they should still go to the registration centers with the other requirements)

By GRNMA NATIONAL PR UNIT.

For any further information kindly contact the National President of the 2019 Batch of Rotation Nurses and Midwives stated below:

KOMBIAN SIMON

National President; Coalition of October Rotational Nurses and Midwives, 2019.

0501997657

TWERKING ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY A NURSE

The attention of the leadership of GRNMA has been drawn to a video clip on Social Media, which projects a nurse twerking in her uniform.

It is not clear who this individual is, whether indeed she is a nurse and which health facility she works or it is just someone simply dressed in a Nurse’s uniform.

The GRNMA strongly disapproves of such behavior by Nurses and Midwives and regards the twerking in the professional uniform as unacceptable behavior and a disgrace to our noble profession. Such behaviors do not reflect the ethics and standards of our professions.

In view of the above, the President of the GRNMA, Mrs. Perpetual Ofori Ampofo, is directing all District and Regional Executives as well as the general membership to assist in the identification of the said nurse if indeed she is a nurse and provides the National PROs of any such information for the necessary actions to be taken.

The Nursing and Midwifery Professions are noble professions and as such all Nurses and Midwives in Ghana are advised to desist from such behaviors especially when in uniform in order to protect the dignity of the profession.

Thank you.

GRNMA-STANBIC

Nurse-Midwife Care Solutions

The GRNMA in collaboration with Stanbic bank has developed financial solutions for Nurses and Midwives who are members of GRNMA.

Simply follow these steps to acquire the financial assistance you have been dreaming of.

  1. Visit the GRNMA website at ghananurses.org
  2. Identify the GRNMA STANBIC NURSE MIDWIFE CARE SOLUTIONS on the home page and click on it.
  3. Download and print the relevant application form that you need. That is PERSONAL LOAN Application for the Unsecured Personal Loans and Auto Loans, the PERSONAL OVERDRAFT LIMIT Application form for the Salad ie Salary Advance for new entrants in the Health Sector and HOME LOAN Application form for mortgage cover. Also download and print the LETTER OF UNDERTAKING.
  4. Fill the application form and contact your Facility Head and GRNMA District Chairman to endorse the LETTER OF UNDERTAKING by signing and stamping the documents.
  5. Scan the documents and send them via email to Stanbic Bank at CustomerCare@stanbic.com.gh. Ensure you copy the GRNMA head office at info@ghananurses.org. You can also submit the forms to any Stanbic Bank office.
  6. After the email submission, Stanbic will get in touch and the money will hit your account.
  7. You can also visit the Stanbic link as provided below to access the forms https://www.stanbicbank.com.gh/gh/personal/products-and-services/bank-with-us/nurse-midwife-care

We care about you and want you to be financially safe as you care for your patients and

clients.

On Monday 11th May, the eve of International Nurses Day, ICN WHO Nursing Now and National Nursing Associations and in our case Ghana Registered Nurses And Midwives Association are encouraging people to take part in a moment of reflection to honor the memory of nurses, midwives and other health workers who have tragically died during the COVID-19  pandemic.

It is a global moment of reflection and we request that you share on our various social media platforms a photo of yourself with a lit candle with the hashtag #Remmemberhealthheros or record a short video of you and your colleagues either lighting a candle or using your mobile phone light to show your respect for health workers lost to this pandemic around the world

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