The Chief Nursing Officer, Ministry of Health and Sanitation Matron Mabel Carew, has called on nurses to work ethically, selflessly and sincerely in the discharge of their duties.
Addressing Maternal and Child Health Aides Graduands at the MCH-Aides Training Centre in Magburaka, Matron Carew said nurses should be seen as a role model in their communities by executing their duties with professionalism.
She described their certificate as a ‘baptismal torch’ in a new era of commitment, sacrifice and dedication, adding that they should be seen as responsible persons delivering quality efficient health care services in their various health facilities.
Matron Carew implored the new graduands to encourage Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to use the health facility for deliveries by working as a team in the fight against maternal and newborn mortality.
The Manager, EPI and Child Health Programme Dr. Thomas Samba said the Ministry is currently working on the status of all health care workers with a view to improving their conditions of service, noting that it is one of the factors responsible for the brain drain in the medical and nursing profession.
He encouraged them to be friendly and helpful to their patients, adding that a good patient and nursing relationship would yield dividend in the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality.
The graduands are nurses from Tonkolili and Kono districts.