A brigadier general of the Ghana Armed forces has written a letter to the Asamankese Government Hospital in the Eastern region of Ghana commending its nurses at the Emergency unit.
The letter which went viral on social media last Friday, narrates the general’s experience with nurses at post, when he reported at the facility with an unconscious man.
“I was amazed by their prompt response and the professionalism with which they handled the situation; judging from what I witnessed visa vis the complaints we often hear about nurses attitude to patients”, the letter read.
Here is the full text of the letter;
“I wish to take this opportunity to commend the nurses on duty at the Emergency Unit of your Hospital on Saturday, r August 2017 I attended a funeral at Abukyensu near Asamanankese on that fateful day. On my way back to Accra after the funeral, along the stretch of road from the Abukyensu to the main Asamankese – Kade road, I noticed a woman right in the middle of the road gesturing for help. I ordered my driver to stop.
The woman approached the car begging to be helped to convey the husband who had collapsed on their farm off the road. My driver with the assistance of a gentleman who was coming from his farm followed the woman and after about 20 minutes they came back carrying an unconscious man.
We rushed him to the Asamankese Hospital and on arrival at about 2pm, I went to the Emergency Unit to tell the nurses that I had a patient in my car. I was amazed by their prompt response and the professionalism with which they handled the situation Judging from what I witnessed visa vis the complaints we often hear about nurses attitude to patients, I feel obliged to formally write to commend the nurses on duty that day for showing the good side of the nursing profession.
Please convey to them my personal commendations and let them know that their profession is a noble calling and that God will reward them abundantly in so many ways. They should be encouraged to continue to exhibit love and care for patients. I shall definitely pa. by your Hospital the next time I find myself in Asamankese.
(Brigadier General Ghana Army)”
The current condition of the patient was however not mentioned, checks by Ghanahealthnest.com however indicates that the patient has since been discharged and doing well.
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.