Nurses Prepare Against Ebola

A group photograph of the nurses and midwifves after the forum, Photo, Seth Adu AgyeiNursing and Midwifery supervisors from Health facilities across the country were on Tuesday schooled on how to handle the outbreak of Ebola, at a national workshop on Ebola  Viral Disease (EVD)in Accra.

The workshop which prepared the minds of nurses and relieved their fear of handling the disease was jointly organised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery Services, the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA) and the Ghana Registered Midwives Association (GRMA).

Dr. Kwame Amposa-Achiano, in a presentation, took the participants through efforts being made by the government towards the prevention of the disease.

He was of the view that the use of the personal protective equipments alone, did not guarantee the safety of the health worker in handling a case, hence the need for nurses to adhere to the universal prevention measures on the disease.

Dr. Amposa-Achiano said a nurse must at the first point of handling any suspected Ebola case, keep the suspected patient in a holding room and request for a test to be conducted on the person’s blood sample.

He said while awaiting the test results, the nurse could treat the patient for high fever, diarrhea, headaches and other symptoms.

“Whether or not a person must be kept for treatment at the hospital, depends on the results of the test conducted,” Dr. Amposa-Achiano said.

He said although the government was doing its best to prevent the disease, the public behavior, and some traditional believes might posed a challenge in combating the diseases.

Speaking at the workshop, the president of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA), Mr. Kwaku Asante-Krobea, described Ebola as the ‘mother of all health battles’ which called for commitment on the part of nurses and midwives.

He said that much trust was reposed in them  as health practitioners to deliver the health needs of Ghanaians and stand in the gap in case on any outbreak of Ebola.

“Although nurses form the largest group of health professionals, they are frequently becoming victims of many lapses that are counter-productive to quality care in our scope of practice,” he said.

Mr. Asante-Krobea noted that an information from the president of the Sierra-Leone nurses association indicated that over 20 nurses had died from Ebola infections and four nurses infected with the disease were on admission.

He advised all nurses and midwives to remain resolute and confident as the leadership lobbied the government for their protection.

The GRNA president assured the public that the nurses and midwives would do every thing possible to ensure the safety of Ghanaians even as they hoped Ebola never emerge on the nation’s soil.

Speaking on behalf of Dr.Magda Rabalo, Country Representative of the World Heath Organization (WHO), Mrs. Joana Anson, a national professional officer, WHO, stressed the need for Ghanaians to be each other keeper as part of measures to prevent the disease.

“Ghana has not yet confirmed any case of Ebola infection, but we all have a role to play to keep the disease out of the country” she said.

She said Ghanaians had a responsibility to create awareness on Ebola and support the government’s effort to spread accurate information to the public.

By Linda Aryeetey 

 

 

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