Surajdeen Haadi, a registered community health nurse from Kundugu, Wa East district in the Upper West region of Ghana has emerged as the 2020 National Best nurse.
Surajdeen goes home with the ultimate prize of a brand new car sponsored by Calbank and a laptop.
He has been practicing his profession for nine years.
For his reward, Mr. Haadi took home a brand new saloon car and a laptop computer.
“Your readiness to work in communities where an average nurse will ask questions marvels your supervisors. Your record in Luggu, Naaha, and the Yaala health centers, as well as your present station where you work as an in-charge, are enough testimonies,” it stated.
It added: “Your community members say your approach alone, without medicine, brings healing to them. Your self-motivation sees you work day, night, weekends, and during national holidays without complaining. As a result, your sub-district is ranked highest in TB case identification and indeed, all preventive healthcare indicators, including previously low-ranking Child Welfare Indicators.”
The event was held in Accra last Friday to honor nurses and midwives who pulled outstanding performance this year, particularly during the heat of the COVID-19.
About 40 nurses and midwives from across the country were recognized for their contribution to healthcare delivery in their respective health facilities.
The occasion was also used to honor some past national executives of the GRNMA for the remarkable leadership qualities they exhibited during their tenure.
Additionally, the association paid tribute to all health workers who lost their lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For their reward, GH₵40,000 was presented to Ms. Owusu-Antwi while the second runner-up also received GH₵ 30,000, in addition to one laptop computer each.
Other nurses and midwives who received the best regional awards for their respective regions were Madam Enam Ama Mensah from the Volta Region and Madam Mary Senya Vandampuya, the Greater Accra Region.
The rest are the Ashanti Region, Mr. Isaac Gyamfi; the Brong Ahafo Region, Madam Linda Lartey; the Northern Region, Mrs. Sylvia Phaphali Adzitey, and the Eastern Region, Madam Gyima Nti-Darkwah.
The President of the GRNMA, Mrs. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, commended the winners for their contribution to the success and progress of the health sector.
“Tonight is a milestone in the life of the association and we are proud of ourselves that we have been able to uplift the image of our nursing and midwifery profession.
“Sixty years in the life of our union has not been that smooth, there have been ups and downs but we are grateful to God that we are here climaxing our 60 years of existence,” she added.
She said although 2020 had been an exceptional year, particularly with the spread of the COVID-19, the nurses and midwives across the country continued to perform their duties diligently to help mitigate the adverse impact.
She, therefore, assured the members that the association would continue to stand and fight for their welfare to ensure they were provided with better conditions of service.