Hospital matrons, District Health Sisters, others profiled their programmes
Hospital Matrons, District Health Sisters, and Senior Public Health Sisters in various programmes across the country have reassured the Health and Sanitation Minister of their commitment and support in meeting some of the key challenges within the health sector.
Speaking on behalf of her colleague matrons, the matron of Connaught Hospital, Rosaline Momoh said part of their role and responsibility is enshrined in the daily monitoring and rounds in various wards to ensure that supervision takes place around the clock.
She underscored the minister’s determination to improve service delivery in the hospital and pledged to redouble efforts with the provision of the basic working tools necessary to meet the challenges ahead.
The National Coordinator of the Maternal and Child Health Programme, Sister Makallay Mansaray said there are 14 Training Centres in the country with 850 Trainees preparing for their Introductory Examination. Developing Modules and Curriculum, Sister Mansaray said, is also part of their mandate, and appealed for additional support to the programme, noting that the training only gets funding from UNICEF.
Public Health Sister, National Malaria Control Programme, Wani Lahai, Matron Aniru Brima of the Kissy Mental Hospital and District Health Sister, Western Area Management Health Team, Sister Christiana Masalay also dilated on their defined roles and responsibility, and highlighted the constraints and challenges that are currently affecting quality health care including the human resource capacity development.
Health and Sanitation Minister, Miatta Kargbo said she was gratified over the attendance and encouraged the nurses to redouble their efforts despite the numerous challenges.
She called on them to be innovative and work to the best of their ability to uphold the tenets and integrity of the profession.
The Minister reminded them that quality care and efficient service delivery is a priority in the Agenda for Prosperity, adding that to attain that level demands collective efforts in making our health facilities the best.
She however expressed dissatisfaction over the proliferation of illegal Nursing Schools and the negligence of duty by some health professionals, stressing the need for the Nurses and Midwives Board to be proactive in evaluating performance and code of practice with a view to providing an avenue for specialized training and advancement.
The Chief Nursing Officer, Matron Mabel Carew chaired the occasion.
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