The Ghana Registered Nurses And Midwives Association(GRNMA) has commemorated  the international nurses' day with a firm commitment to join the fight against illegal mining popularly known as galamsey.


Galamsey has caused large tracts of arable lands, water bodies and farmlands to be destroyed across most parts of the country.


Speaking on the theme "Health implications of galamsey and the attainment of the SDGs: nurses and midwives, acting in one voice with stakeholders", Ashanti regional Minister Hon Simon Osei Mensah lauded the nurses for adding their voice to this challenge adding that the objective of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG VI) will not be achieved if government does not curb this menace.


"The issue of galamsey has become very sensitive in every discussion and I'm very glad that you're prepared to join government  to fight this discredited activity"... the Ashanti Regional Security Council Chairman said.


"this problem is affecting all our aspects of the country including our health sector and that appropriate measures must be employed to fight this canker", he added. 


He also charged the nurses to serve the country with love and loyalty.


On his part the President of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association, Asante Krobea used the occasion to call on government  to address their challenges particularly to bridging the nurses to patients ratio gap that currently stands at 1:22 adding that  Ghana will need not less than 38,000 nurses and midwives to fill this deficit. 



A guest house which was funded by the GRMWA was formally commissioned to climax the occasion.