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:
- Import and Sales of Medical and Surgical Equipment
- Homecare Nursing Services
- Health Consultancy Services
- Quality Food and Water services