On every 7 April, the world commemorates World Health Day.
The theme for this year is “Together for a fairer, healthier world”.
On this occasion, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for urgent action to eliminate health inequities and mobilize action to attain better health for all and leave no one behind.
As Registered Community Nurses in Ghana, we have noted that though there have been some improvements in health outcomes globally and Ghana, these gains has not been shared equally in the communities we serve.
Inequities have always existed and the COVID-19 pandemic has also impacted negatively worsening situation among people socially, economically and geographically.
In our communities, we still see people suffering to have access to basic health services.
Poor conditions of the RCN and inadequate resources in some communities and facilities especially CHPS Zones are major challenges in providing the best health care services to the people we serve. In all these conditions we continue to do our best.
Health is a fundamental human right. Every person deserves to live a healthy life regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, disability, economic situation or employment.
So on this world Health day 2021, we show appreciation to all our members in Ghana who work every day to ensure we bridge the inequity gap despite all the challenges we face.
On this note, we are calling on government to monitor health inequalities in Ghana and address their root causes to ensure that everyone has access to the living and working conditions that are conducive to good health and to quality health services where and when they need them, and to invest in primary health care to achieve health for all by all.
The Registered Community Nurses Group Ghana (RCNG-GH) is a group under the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) that promotes preventive nursing in Ghana.
Edmund Duodu Atweri
Agyiri Baidoo Jr.