Human rights abuses in hospitals declining – CHRAJ

LA-General-Hospital-543x330Human rights abuses in health facilities in the Volta region are on the decline, Mr Baah Forson Agyapong, Regional Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has said.

He said ward observation reports and monitoring indicated that complaints from patients on human rights abuses reduced considerably, at least in the past twelve months.

Mr Agyapong revealed this ahead of the presentation of certificates to Dilpoma 14 student nurses of Ho Nurses Training College, after a week-20 non-scoring course on Human Rights.

He said patient-nurse relation in the Region has improved with nurses having better understanding of human rights concept and its bearing on the nursing profession.

Mr Agyapong said checks also indicate that nurses are promoting and protecting rights and freedoms of patients, especially the vulnerable with positive impact on health service delivery.

He said though human rights abuses are not totally out of the health care delivery system, the situation is fast improving and called for support from all stakeholders.

Mr Bennet Ahiagbe, a Senior Investigator at CHRAJ, Ho, and an Instructor for the course said the programme is gradually imbuing student nurses with the “culture of human rights.”

CHRAJ in 2004 institutionalized a human rights training course for student nurses to help them manage clients better, especially on their rights.


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