The government is initiating steps to make a bachelor’s degree the minimum requirement for practicing as a nurse or midwife in the country.
This is according to the Ministry of Health.
In view of this development, health training institutions at all levels will soon be upgraded to run a 4-year bachelor’s degree program.
According to the government, the move is to meet the changing health care needs of the country.
This was disclosed by the Rector of the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Hannah Akua Oparebea Acquah at the 14th annual general meeting of the conference of Heads of Health Training Institutions at Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
Various heads of institutions that run certificate and diploma programs attended the meeting to take stock of their performances and how to improve upon them.
Hannah Oparebea Acquah, addressing the gathering, noted that a stakeholder consultation will soon take place to develop policies as part of its plans to upgrade all health training Institutions into fully-fledged tertiary schools.
This, according to her will help meet the changing demands of the public.
“As we all aware, there are calls for upgrade of health Institutions into the tertiary status to improve nursing and midwifery training education and also to meet the changing health care needs of the public. This means that eventually, a first degree will be the minimum requirement at any level of our health education system. To achieve this feat, there should be a broader stakeholder consultation and engagement that will see to the development of a policy that will make all health training fully-fledged tertiary institutions,” she explained.
The Eastern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Services, Dr. Winfred Ofosu, who chaired the conference positively remarked on the sterling leadership skills of heads of health training schools in spite of the high demand for admission of nurses and midwives.
Whilst acknowledging the lack of infrastructure and learning, Dr. Ofosu was impressed with how well the heads have used IGF to improve their schools.
“The high demand for nurses and midwives put a lot of constraints on the principals and the tutors but with commitment, dedication, and hard work, you have made all of us proud by delivering the numbers. This laudable achievement is against the backdrop of limited infrastructure, challenges with teaching and learning accommodation, and transportation for supervision of fieldwork; we applaud your sterling leadership and sacrifices. Infrastructure remains the challenge for many health training institutions but the efforts you made and that of their stakeholders has been very impressive,” he stated.
Ten individuals were honored by the Conference of Heads of Health Training Institutions (COHHETI) for their contributions to the success of the organization.
They include former Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, Dr. Christopher Beyere, Dr. Nana Yaw Antwi Boasiako, and Mrs 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.