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Regional News of Sunday, 1 July 2012

Source: GNA

Males encouraged to pursue nursing profession

Mr. Emmanuel Abanga, Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA) has encouraged males to pursue programmes in nursing especially in the field of midwifery.

“Males have the strength to provide support for women in labour, particularly the handling of distress expectant mothers,” he said.

Mr. Abanga said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency over the weekend at the sidelines of a ceremony to inaugurate council members of the GRNA in Accra.

In all, 28 members, representing both national and regional officers with portfolios of Chair persons, Public Relations Officers and Organizing Secretary’s were inducted.

Mr. Abanga advised the public to shun the perception that because nursing profession was started by Ms Florence Nightingale, it was reserved for females only.

“When you cast your eyes around, most of the Gynecologists in Ghana are males so men can equally do well in the area of midwifery”, he said.

Mrs Emma Helen Banga, Past GRNA President charged the officers to ensure that members were united and organized, especially at the local level to contribute towards national development.

She called on nurses to adhere to the professional code of conduct to protect the image of the profession.

Mr. George Kumi Kyeremeh, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer asked members of the profession to observe the Patients Charter in order to uphold their human rights.

“As care givers, there is the need for you to maintain healthy lives so that you can provide effective care and services to your clients,” he said.**

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