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Interview: “Our Hidden Treasures”

Interview: “Our Hidden Treasures”

At this moment Ghana needs more or less 38.000 nurses to fill in the nurses-patient ratio. In September 2018 the Health Minister of Nigeria said that there is no serious shortage of doctors in Nigeria but according to the Guardian Nigeria ( 22 April 2018 ) 2000 medical doctors leave Nigeria yearly to work overseas and have a better salary. As we are losing our brightest minds to Europe and America  I decided to talk about some of the heroes who are still with us despite the odds and the daily difficulties their encounter. Their passion for their work surpasses the challenges their encounter.
Sara Nana Yeboah is the CEO of Sangy Nursing Services, she is a Social Entrepreneur, A Nurse, a Writer and a motivational speaker.  Sara never planned to become a nurse, she actually wanted to become a medical doctor, the decision to be a nurse came from her parents who both are ministers of Assemblies of God. But eventually Sara agreed and today she is extremely grateful for the decision her parents took 13 years ago.
Right from the first clinical Sara attended at the Regional Hospital Sunyani, she noticed that there was a need: The aged needed continuous health monitoring, communities need to hear about preventive health practices, the nation needed to change their attitude and choose preventive health over curative health. Sara decided then to  start a pilot project of following up on all clients who passed through hercare. Home visits of especially the aged to be sure they were eating well, taking their prescribed medications and staying healthy. She also started health education programs. In 2011 she decided to register Sangy Nursing Services with the Registrar General Department of Ghana.
A year after registering Sangy Nursing and after all the piloting in communities and villages, they realized that the problem was bigger than it was. And so in line with their philosophy and the World Health Organization’s definition of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity they started The Sangy Foundation (TSF).
The Focus of TSF was to help provide quality health and education for young people across Africa. So far they have renovated dilapidated schools, libraries and stocked these libraries with books, help payed for school fees for needy people from primary to university level, signed children unto the national health insurance scheme, and now they are even putting women in business by any means possible, all these with no funding. What an incredible woman!
Sangy Nursing offers the following services:
  1. Import and Sales of Medical and Surgical Equipment
  2. Homecare Nursing Services
  3. Health Consultancy Services
  4. Quality Food and Water services
Her love for this country makes her believe in “Sangy Nursing Services”, in her own words she said : “ As the Florence Nightingale of this Century it is my responsibility to champion healthcare to all. I believe that in Ten years from now Sangy will do even better”.
When I ask Sara if she thinks Nurses are undervalued in Ghana, she says: “For me as a nurse, I really do not care whether I am valued or not, because I have put a huge price tag on myself, I work so hard that my services cannot be shoved under the table. Until the people see how your value is helping to improve the health sector no one will value us”. As for what can be done to attract more nurses and keep them in our countries this is what Sara had to say: “The problem is not about attracting nurses and keeping them; the problem is about employing and paying them well when they come out of school. Currently we are in a crises and I hope the government is looking for solutions”.
So what is the next step for Sara? “ The Problems facing Africa goes beyond just sitting on a round table and writing long thesis. What Africa needs now is radical Global Shapers who will take risk no matter the outcome, attack the major problems in Education, Health, Technology etc. and find lasting solutions to them whiles impacting their societies. I am tired of the long speeches and promises from our governments and leaders who seem lost in finding lasting solutions to the seeming million problems in our continent. My Mentor: Mr Charles Sam (Executive Director of Golden Future Promotions) always say that the naked truth concerning Africa’s problem is deep rooted and need radical young people to hold hands for change. In the past, young people were incited to start wars; today the average African youth is busy finding solutions to the problems they find around them.What is next for me is to keep giving my all to make Africa better than I met it”.
You can follow Sara Nana Yeboah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarananayeboah?lang=en
Another Hero in the the medical field that I wanted to mention who resides in Nigeria and is taking social media by storm is Dr.Nonso or should I say @aproko_doctor as he is known on Twitter. With more than 13000 thousand followers Dr. Nonso made a name for himself by sharing frequent essential informations about health issues.  During his interactions with patients, he noticed alarming levels of both misinformation and non-information so he decided to take the information to the people through social media.
You can follow Dr. Nonso on Twitter: https://twitter.com/aproko_doctor?lang=en