Community health nurses across the nation are embarking on an indefinite strike from today, Tuesday, May 31.
According to them, the legislation to move them to the status of Nurses Assistants has not been ratified since November, 2015 when it was agreed upon.
The striking nurses had opposed the change of name but the Minister of Health’s committee, which set up to probe the issue further, endorsed an earlier decision by the Nurses and Midwifery Council.
But the community health nurses say their title suffices as the new one has not brought any added change.
“Until our grievances are addressed accordingly by the honourable Minister of Health and the major stakeholders of health,” said Esther Frimpong Bamfoe, President of the Community Health Nurses Association of Ghana, “we shall not continue to render our services to various communities in the country.”
She added: “In fact, we have suffered discrimination, unfairness and frustration for far too long and will not relent in our decision to lay down our tools indefinitely.”
She was speaking to journalists on Monday, May 30, announcing the Association’s intentions to embark on the industrial action.
National Secretary Godsway Delima said though their names have been changed, training institutions are still using syllabi of community health nurses.
He said certificates even have “confused” titles such as Preventive Nurses Assistant, Nurses Assistant et cetera.