Innovation is vital to health promotion

By
Hannah Awadzi, GNA

Accra, Dec. 12, GNA
– Innovation plays a veritable role in health promotion, Mrs Tina Mensah,
Deputy Minister of Health, said on Wednesday when she opened the 2nd
National Nurses and Midwives Leaders and Managers Conference.

She therefore called
on Nurses and Midwives managers to change their ways of thinking about new
technology and embrace modern technology to provide quality health care

“Modern technology
represents a new challenge for health care professionals especially nurses in
the care of patients. Nurses must be familiar with the technology which
requires additional training…”

The 2nd National
Nurses and Midwives Leaders and Managers Conference had over 180 participants
from all the 16 regions of Ghana. It was on the theme: “Integrating Innovation
and Advancement of Nursing and Midwifery to achieve Universal Coverage in
Ghana.”

The Deputy Minister
of Health said innovation is vital for improving the quality of nursing care
and its sustainability, saying, “Since nurses and midwives are at the centre of
care, there cannot be innovation in the care system without nurses and
midwives. There is almost no treatment or programme in which nurses’ initiative
is not important.”

She commended Ms
Margaret Afriyie, a Midwife who works at Ahwerewam CHPS Compound in the Ahafo
Ano South District of the Ashanti region who dedicated her life by providing
some incentives to mothers to encourage them to visit Antenatal Clinics and
deliver at the hospital.

Mrs Mensah said Ms
Afriyie’s intervention which can be described as innovation has recorded a more
than 100 per cent increase in Antenatal attendance and delivery.

She advised the
Nurses and Midwives to document their innovative activities and make it public
for others to learn from it.

Professor Sheila
Tlou, Co-Chair of Global Nursing Now Campaign and Former Minister of Health for
Botswana, in her key note address advised the Nurses and Midwives to
collaborate with other professionals to engage in research since generating
knowledge is a powerful tool to influence actions and policies.

“Let’s also learn to
document our innovations that will be evidence for our innovations,” she said
emphasizing that “we can input policy by sharing our research findings to
improve data.

We also need to help
strengthen community systems for health promotion, Prof. Tlou added.

Dr Daniel Asare,
Chief Executive Officer of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital who chaired the ceremony,
reiterated the need for Nurses and Midwives to embrace technology to enhance
saving lives.

He also touched on
the need for Ghana  to start thinking
about palliative care and hospice services, saying the “No bed syndrome and the
No space syndrome” can be reduced when persons with terminal illnesses are admitted
into palliative care or hospice to ease the burden on the emergency ward and
the emergency services in the hospitals.

Dr Barnabas Kwame
Yeboah, Head of Nursing and Midwifery at the Ministry of Health called on the
government to introduce special monetary incentives for nurses and midwives working
in deprived communities especially Community Health Nurses working in CHPS
zones.

He advised the
junior nurses and midwives to desist from using social media to press home
their demands and engaging in unprofessional acts and urged them to cease using
the professional uniforms for demonstration and picketing.

Dr Yeboah also
commended government for ensuring that majority of the unemployed nurses and
midwives have been offered financial clearance and urged government to give
financial clearance to those who completed between 2017 and 2019.

Madam Cecilia
Ampadu, a midwife who has innovated a delivery metal chair which was recently
adjudged the Global 3rd Best Innovative Healthcare Device was
honoured with a citation and a plague.

GNA

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