The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) is electing a new set of national executives today (Thursday 28, November 2019).
The exercise forms part of the group’s 17th Biennial National Congress ongoing in Dodowa. It will see 309 delegates drawn from across the country to vote in what could be described as a very crucial election.
The GRNMA, whose members constitute the largest health workforce, has in recent times been slapped with member dissatisfaction, forcing some groups to break away with others left agitating about the association’s neglect of the welfare of it’s members.
Some delegates described the current national executives led by Mr Asante Krobea, as having under delivered against expectations, thus the constitutional mandate to elect new executives was timely.
At the same time, what seems to be a constitutional mandate and quest to save the association’s diminishing glory, has instead turned the race for the position of the president into a rather fierce one between Mrs Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo and Dr Adelaide Ofei.
Mrs Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo
Mrs. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, who is currently the General Secretary of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, having held the position for two consecutive terms, is now seeking for the top job. She is a Deputy Chief Health tutor at the Nursing and Midwifery Training College, Korle-Bu.
With over a decade experience in unionism, Mrs Ampofo described herself as the perfect person to unite and empower the nursing body going forward
“GRNMA since its inception, has done a lot for nursing and midwifery in Ghana. It is important we build on what we have achieved and also going forward change what we have not done right in the past”, Mrs Ampofo intoned.
Among other achievement she is known for, is to have lobbied SSNIT to get 300 housing units at both Borteyman in Accra and Asokore Mampong in Ashanti region for members of GRNMA, and Republic Bank to provide mortgages. She also organized the first Youth conference of the Association.
She is said to have instituted the GRNMA Migrant Desk to inform and equip potential nurse/midwife migrants with requisite information about destination countries.
Mrs Ampofo also led to the institution of voting by ballot papers for fair and transparent GRNMA elections.
Dr Adelaide Maria Ansah Ofei
Dr Adelaide Maria Ansah Ofei, is currently a senior lecturer and head of department of research. She describes herself as a unifier’ with expertise in Human Resources Management.
As a strong leader, and strategic thinker, Dr Adelaide Maria Ansah Ofei, intends to bring fresh thinking, academic rigour and experience, to the GRNMA.
“In my presidency, I want Nursing and midwifery to be more visible in the health system.” Dr Adelaide said.
“Nursing is still evolving, we form the majority of the health system and though we are the majority our voices are not normally heard.”
She expressed her dissatisfaction about the unhealthy interference by government in the affairs of the association.
“this time round we want the government to listen to us, we want to minimize the influence of the government in recruitment of nursing. To ensure better conditions of service for nurses and midwives” – Dr Ofei said (in a short interview on the eve of the elections)
She is passionate about leadership development and getting nurses and midwives to the policy table to enable nurses and midwives’ voice to be heard.
Among the roles played as a member of the GRNMA Education and Research Committee are Planning for educational activities
Other executive positions
While the race for the top position has gained all attention, others are contesting for separate critical roles.
The First Vice President’s position is between Mr Kwame Adinkra Amo and Mr Samuel Alagkora Akolgo.
Mr Daniel Attah-Tuffour and Mr Anthony Agamba are eying the Second Vice Presidency Position.
The position of the General Secretary is contested by Mr Reuben Aren-Eng Azie and Mr David Tenkorang-Twum, Mr Michael Narh, Madam Mabel Kissiwah Asafo and Mr Anthony Sopaal are contesting for the Assistant General Secretary’s position.
Mr Joseph Wolimmor Krampah and Mr Douglas Adu-Fokuo are both eying the Public Relations Officer (PRO) position.
Mr Philimon Gyapong and Madam Rejoice Afi Ocloo are seeking the Assistant PRO position; Mr Tirah Haruna, Madam Ohenewah Yeboah and Mr Moses Rebertso Anyigba are going for the National Treasurer position, while the Assistant National Treasurer position is contested between Madam Haphsheitu Yahaya and Madam Irene Mensah-Jacobs.