The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association is urging government to quicken its deliberations on the proposed ‘Rural Incentive Package’ submitted to cabinet by the Health Minister.
The call is in reaction to some 800 cases of maternal deaths recorded last year.
The Association and other sector organizations including the Ghana Medical Association have developed the proposition to attract and retain health professionals posted to rural communities to provide excellent services to patients.
The President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, Perpetual Ofori Ampofo tells Citi News although the package may be costly, it would be in the interest of the country should it be accepted.
“We know the Minister of Health per the last report we received has taken this to cabinet and awaiting cabinet’s approval for it to be implemented.”
“But let’s implement it, it may be costly but at the end of the day, it will save lives and reduce drastically maternal mortality. So let’s do it so that we can attract more professionals, doctors, nurses and midwives to the rural areas to work,” she noted.