The Retired Nurses and Midwives Club (RENAMIC) has launched its 20th anniversary on the theme “Challenges of Retired nurses and midwives, the way forward”.
The club is a voluntary association which aims at bringing together all retired nurses and midwives to work for their well-being.
The Deputy Minister of Health, Mr Rojo Mettle Nunoo, who launched the anniversary, said retirement challenges were a wakeup call to all workers to prepare themselves adequately before they retire.
He said one must consider what to do at the next level of life when one retired, adding that “instead of being at the mercy of others you must engage yourselves in teaching the younger ones”.
He urged members of the club to turn the organisation into a non-governmental organisation since government agencies cannot solicit for funds.
Mr Nunoo stated that since some retirees are still strong, they can help to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on health by supporting those in active service.
He promised to support the club create a secretariat for its activities.
On her part, the President of RENAMIC, Mrs Josephine Richter, raised concern about the falling standards and practice in the nursing and midwifery profession.
“We suggest re-examination of the recruitment process for selection of dedicated and committed people to work, enforcement of the scheme of service and necessary steps taken to salvage the image of the profession and ensure safety of lives”, she added.
She said there should be advocacy for adequate supply of logistics and conducive working environment for the practice of the profession.
She advocated periodic medical examination for nurses during their working lives to avert latent illness like tuberculosis and hypertension which they experience before and after service.
Mrs Richter outlining some challenges said, some retired nurses have still not been paid their arrears from the converted health services salary scheme (HSSS), there were no pay slips to determine their actual pension salary coupled with the frustration of accessing documents from various ministries to the accountant general office.
She appealed for support to prepare nurses through human resource development training from age 40 as is being done in other organisations.