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11.12.2011 General News

First Batch Of Nurses Deployed For National Service

By Daily Graphic
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The Ghana National Service Scheme (GNSS) has deployed the first batch of nurses and midwives as national service persons to 299 health facilities across the country.

In all, 1,035 nurses and midwives were deployed to help augment the strength of health personnel in the country’s rural communities where the lack of health professionals complicates health delivery.

The nurses and midwives will commence their service on December 15, this year, after the successful completion of their professional examination.

The successful deployment of the nurses and midwives followed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed among the GNSS, the Ministry of Health (MoH) and health regulatory bodies in May this year.

According to the breakdown of figures, 681 Registered General Nurses, 12 community nurses, 112 registered midwives and 230 registered mental health nurses would be part of the scheme this year.

The figures show that while the Ashanti Region received 236 nurses and midwives, Brong Ahafo had 74; Central, 113; Eastern, 67; Greater Accra, 181; Northern, 54; Upper East,77; Upper West, 47; Volta, 95, and Western, 91.

A statement signed by the Executive Director of the GNSS, Mr Vincent Senam Kuagbenu, urged all nurses and midwives registered for the 2011-2012 National Service Year to visit the GNSS website, www.nssghana.org, to access their posting letters.

It said the personnel could then proceed to the regional offices of the NSS to complete their registration and go to their various places of posting.

The statement expressed appreciation to the MoH, the Nurses and Midwives Council and the Nurses Training colleges for the smooth implementation of the MoU, noting that the deployment was in line with Section 3(1) (d) of the GNSS, Act 426 of 1980.

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