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37 Military Hospital



The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Maj Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei has cautioned nurses and health personnel of the 37 Military Hospital to provide quality healthcare to patients who seek medical attention at the hospital.

COAS made this known when he opened the week-long Military Nightingales’ Week Celebration of the 37 Military Hospital on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 at the 37 Military Officers’ Mess in Accra. The week-long celebration commenced on Monday, September 21st and ended on Sunday, 27th September 2015.

Speaking on the theme for the occasion, ‘Military Nightingales’, A Force for Change: Caring for the Carer’,  he emphasised that nurses and midwives have the responsibility to enhance themselves so as to provide quality healthcare especially in the twenty-first century where scientific knowledge is required in the area of their profession.

He added that some members of the general public have negative perceptions about some nurses and therefore advised them to change this negative attitude since it dragged the noble profession into disrepute. 

Maj Gen Opoku-Adusei however noted that nurses and midwives often feel reluctant to take care of themselves,hence this year’s celebration focused on the caregiver and the need to provide them with some level of job satisfaction. In the light of this, he disclosed that High Command would address some of their challenges such as infrastructure, equipment,motivation and welfare matters in order to make their jobs less stressful to enable them provide quality healthcare.

He seized the opportunity to commend the staff of the hospital for putting up their best during the June 3rd, 2015 fire and flood disaster which occurred at Circle-Odornaa, Accra, and the nationwide strike by the Ghana Medical Association in July this year.

The Commander of the 37 Military Hospital,Brig Gen Ralph Kojo Ametepi also acknowledged the great courage and compassion with which the nurses and midwives executed their duties this year in the midst of the many challenges, and congratulated them on their gallant performance.

The Guest Speaker for the occasion, Lt Col Eleanor Atiamo Bampo (rtd), a former nurse of the hospital emphasised that the Nightingales’ week is celebrated worldwide to remember Florence Nightingale, known as ‘Lady of the Lamp’ who worked selflessly for mankind and God.

Lt Col Atiamo Bampo (rtd) said that the Military Nightingale is a certified professional nurse or midwife who is trained as a soldier or a civilian who works with the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and provides nursing care for patients by land, sea and air.

She said the effectiveness of the medical care largely depends on the delivery of the nurse and midwife, therefore the current trend in nursing and quality healthcare delivery, expects a certain level of performance by the carer.

Touching on the theme ‘Military Nightingales’, A force for change: Caring for the Carer’, the Guest Speaker added that a carer is a nurse or midwife who works as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare professionals.

She said Military Nightingales’ can only influence the health care delivery system when they are in their right frame of mind, possess good health and have the required capabilities such as trustworthiness, competence, kindness, politeness, understanding and competence.

Lt Col Atiamo Bampo (rtd) therefore advised all Military Nightingales’ and other nurses to be professionals and carers for patients at all times. She used the opportunity to appeal to High Command to solve challenges confronting nurses in order to allow them give out their best.

The week-long celebration was marked with a series of activities such as a Health walk, Exhibition and food bazaar, Lectures and witnessed active participation from staff and the public. The celebration started with a health walk from the premises of the hospital through some principal streets in Accra and ended at the 37 lorry station on Monday 21st September 2015. During the health walk, tro-tro drivers, passengers and other interested persons were screened for blood pressure, body mass index. They were also educated on leading a healthy lifestyle. The crusade was led by the Principal of the 37 Nurses’ Training College,Col Sally Mensah.

The exhibition and food bazaar saw various products displayed by the sponsors of the programme such as G2 Medical Laboratory, Lancet Laboratory, Cowbell Ghana limited (Promasidor), SesilConsult Limited, Photo Club, Ghana Trade Fair Company, Johnson Ghana Limited, Voltic Ghana Limited, Noble House Chinese Restaurant, ANC Shopping Mall among others.

During the lectures, participants were taken through topics such as ‘Assessing the Health Professional through Performance Management and Job Performance Appraisal’ and ‘The role of the Nurse and Midwife in Care of Central Line and Oxygen Therapy. The facilitators were PNO Judith Asiamah and PNO Kwadjodeh Juliet.

The Chairperson for the Closing Ceremony,Mrs Alice Darkwa Asare Allottey, stated that the Military Nightingales’ Association exists as a local branch of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA) as well as the Ghana Registered Midwives Association (GRMA) and comprises of both military and civilian nurses and midwives working with GAF.

She urged all to work together for the success of the Association and also to be a carer for patients.

In his closing remarks, the Military Secretary and Guest of Honour for the occasion Commodore Moses Kojo Beick-Baffuor congratulated staff of the hospital for the good work done during the June 3rd disaster and the nationwide strike by the Ghana Medical Association.

He advised the Nightingales and staff of the hospital to emulate Florence Nightingale who laid down her life for patients as a nurse. He assured them of High Command’s readiness to address some challenges confronting them.

Awards were given to retired and serving staff officers and civilians of the hospital.

Present at the Closing ceremony were the Commander of the hospital, Brig Gen Ralph Ametepi, Commanding Officer of the hospital, Col Samuel Adjei, Director General Medical Services, Brig Gen Mahama Alhassan , Director General Logistics, Brig Gen Isaac Mensah Tetteh,  Director Nursing, Col Vida Otoo, Matron of the hospital, Col Yelbert, Officer- In -Charge of Publicity and Protocol, Maj Patience Awumee,President of GRNA, Mr Asante Krobia, some retired and serving officers of GAF and other health personnel from the various health institutions and universities across the country.

The celebration ended on Sunday September 27th, 2015 with a thanksgiving service at the  37Presby/Methodist Church.

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