Addressing the newly certified State Registered Nurses Midwives, the Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister 1, Madam Madina Rahman commended the Midwives for choosing to be a Midwife because of the passion they have for the job.
She reminded them that the nursing profession is a calling and thankless job and needs courage, commitment and compassion, adding that the sky is their limit to know their strength, do the right thing and save lives.
Madam disclosed to the Midwives that the Government of Turkey is willing to take some of their nurses by liaising with their school in Sierra Leone, trained them, take them to Turkey and re-trained them to be deployed to America by 2020.
She cautioned them to be mentors and role models for others, and to be ready to cope with the challenges in their different duty stations or health facilities.
Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister II, Madam Zuliatu Cooper said that the love of the country should be more paramount for nurses, adding that they as primary health giver must be patriotic by saving lives rather than the urge for money.
She said the success of a doctor depends on a very good nurse and reiterated the need for commitment and dedication to service.
The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Matron Hossinatu Koroma, reminded them that nursing is a noble profession for which they are expected to upkeep the ethics and code of conducted of the profession by setting the pace for others to follow.
She reiterated that as health professionals, they should adhere to the Civil Service Code of Ethics and the Code of Ethics of the nursing profession.
The new Director of Human Resource for Health in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Mr. Kwame Yankson congratulated the new Midwives for their recent success and reminded them that they are accountable to the public and the Ministry to promote professional code of practice, conduct and ethics in their various duty stations.
He cautioned them that there are different structures in the Ministry, where grievances brought up by health workers will appropriately be addressed and encourage them to always use the right channel of communication.