“As Nursing and Midwifery globally celebrate this year 2020 as declared by the World Health Assembly (WHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as the year of the Nurse and the Midwife; we as nursing and midwifery leaders in this country write to communicate to all our stance amidst this global pandemic.
Indeed, events unfolding globally on the emerging pandemic (Covid-19) has set us into deep reflections on our roles as nurses and midwives in Global Health Security.
The foundations of modern nursing and certainly Public Health Nursing was built on health care challenges such as we find ourselves today. These events prompted the search for profound knowledge to guide nursing practice.
We remember Florence Nightingale for her concepts on the importance of the environment in the healing process; Betty Neuman’s Systems Model which describes the person as a complete system with interrelated parts that thrives to maintain balance and harmony between internal and external environment by adjusting to stress and defending against tension-producing stimuli.
In these challenging times, it will be prudent that our committed and dedicated nursing and midwifery professionals stick to the three (3) basic principles of nursing and midwifery as proposed by Fuerst and Wolf as a strategy at the nursing and midwifery front towards the fight against the COVID 19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Health and all the Nursing and Midwifery leadership in Ghana stand in solidarity with the hardworking and dedicated Nurses, Midwives and other frontline health workers in Ghana against the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) which has been declared as a global pandemic.
We want to take this opportunity in these challenging times to express our sincere gratitude to our Nurses and Midwives for their ongoing efforts and dedication as frontline workers in this global pandemic.
Let us ask ourselves why Florence Nightingale in the midst of the Crimean War defied all odds to offer nursing care to the wounded soldiers on the battlefield? This action of hers earned her the name ‘the lady with the lamp’. Ghana needs your services and we need you to be brave as our mother of nursing ‘Florence Nightingale’ in the fight against the COVID-19.
We are confident of the commitment, dedication and hard work that nursing and midwifery professionals bring on board and will urge all to document events.
These documentations will provide good data for analysis to inform future practice.
We use this opportunity to also request hospitals, agencies, benevolent individuals and organizations to complement the effort of the government to obtain the needed PPEs for our gallant nurses and midwives so they can provide the needed care and also protect themselves. We are pleading for expedited action in this regard because we need to provide safe care and preserve life.
Lastly, we reiterate that the Ministry of Health and all the Nursing and Midwifery leadership pledge to work collaboratively to support a coordinated national effort in the battle to contain the spread of this serious infection.