The government is taking steps to obtain a bachelor’s degree as the minimum requirement to be a nurse or midwife in the country.
This is announced by the Ministry of Health.
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In view of this development, health education institutions at all levels will soon be converted to a 4-year bachelor’s degree.
According to the government, the move is designed to meet the changing health needs of the country.
This was announced by the Rector of the College of Nursing and Midwife, Hannah Akua Oparebea Acquah, at the 14th Annual General Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Health Education Institutions in Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
Various heads of institutions running certification and diploma programs attended the meeting to take stock of their performance and opportunities for improvement.
Addressing the gathering, Hannah Oparebea Acquah noted that a stakeholder consultation will be held shortly to develop guidelines as part of their plans to upgrade all health education institutions to full-fledged universities.
This, in their opinion, will help meet the changing demands of the public.
“As we all know, there are calls for health facilities to be upgraded to tertiary status in order to improve nursing and midwifery training and also to meet the changing health needs of the public. This means that a first degree will be the minimum requirement at any level of our health education system. To achieve this feat, there should be wider stakeholder consultation and participation, which will ensure the development of a policy that turns all health education into full-fledged universities, ”she said.
The Eastern Regional Director of the Ghanaian Health Service, Dr. Winfred Ofosu, who chaired the conference, was positive about the leadership qualities of health school leaders despite the high demand for nurses and midwives.
Although Dr. Ofosu recognizes the lack of infrastructure and learning, he was impressed with how well school leaders have used IGF to improve their schools.
“The high demand for nurses and midwives puts great pressure on the principals and tutors, but with dedication, dedication and hard work you have made us all proud by providing the numbers. This commendable achievement is against the background of the limited infrastructure, the challenges of the teaching and learning accommodation and the transport options for monitoring fieldwork; we applaud your excellent leadership and your sacrifices. Infrastructure remains the challenge for many healthcare educational institutions, but the efforts you and your stakeholders have made have been very impressive, “he said.
Ten people were honored by the Conference of Heads of Health Training Institutions (COHHETI) for their contribution to the success of the organization.
These include the former General Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, Dr. Christopher Beyere, Dr. Nana Yaw Antwi Boasiako and wife Josephine Ansu-Gyeabour.
As well as Mr. Jones Ofosu, Dr. James Antwi, Mrs. Gladys Faybian, Mr. James Yambor, Madam Sophia Agyei-Aye and Mr. Felix Nyante.