The Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) of Ghana, has held an induction ceremony in the Upper Regional Capital of Bolgatanga for over 4000 nurses.


The inductees, who were from various health training institutions in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions, comprised the 2016 batch of qualified Nurse Assistants, Nurses and Midwives.


The NMC of Ghana is a statutory body established under the Health Professionals Regulatory Body Act 2013 [Act 857]. The Council is also an agency under the Ministry of Health and among other functions; it establishes and provides guidelines for the development of curriculum for the training of nurse assistants, nurses and midwives as well as exercises disciplinary powers over practitioners.


Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. Rockson Ayine Bukari, in his keynote address at the ceremony, charged the Council to introduce innovations and appropriate technologies both in the teaching of nurses and in their service delivery efforts in line with changing trends of the times. He also cautioned the Council to be on the look- out for quack health training schools because if these were allowed to fester, there would be chaos in the country’s health delivery set up while unsuspecting students would be short-changed.


The Regional Minister entreated the nurses to bring positive change to their communities of work and to the country at large. He noted that having been formally accepted into the Council, the nurses had no choice but to strictly adhere to the ethics and other regulations of the profession. The Minister stressed “your call to the Council should spur you to work at protecting its reputation and standards. It calls for dedicated services to clients who constitute the most important people on your premises.”


Mr. Bukari further stated, “Government recognised that the quality and adequacy of relevant human resource especially in health, is the key to turning around the fortunes of Ghana. That is why few days ago, the President launched the restoration of allowances for all 58,000 nurse and midwife trainees in the country.” This, he noted, would make available on monthly basis 400.00 Ghana Cedis to each student to support themselves in school.


He said beyond school, government was collaborating with relevant stakeholders to improve upon motivation of all categories of health staff. He disclosed for instance that Government was committed to acquiring vehicles for health workers while the implementation of the revised CHPS strategy would also make available adequate accommodation and other facilities to enhance the work output of health staff at the community level.


A Lecturer at the University for Development Studies (UDS), School of Allied Health Sciences, Dr. Vida Nyagre Yakong, congratulated the inductees on their hard work and success but appealed to them to be different in their practice of nursing. She observed that the attitude of some nurses brings them into conflict with the core values and beliefs of the profession of nursing.


She asked the inductees to brace themselves because they would encounter challenges on the job but advised that, they should also be prepared to learn useful lessons from those challenges. She also noted that being a nurse could be very demanding and challenging and called on the public and clients to be patient and helpful to the nurses. She further encouraged them to emulate the shining examples of their senior peers already in the system and use them as their role models.


The Registrar of the N&MC, Mr. Felix Nyante, who spoke on the responsibilities of the Registered Nurse and Midwives, charged them to regularly read and adhere to the regulations as well as other ethics of the profession as this would keep them in check and make them better nurses.


Mr. Nyante hinted that the Council was assisting the Presbyterian Nurses’ Training College in Bawku to open and run a programme in Midwifery so as to produce the required numbers of qualified midwives for deployment to adequately handle the needs of mothers and pregnant women in that area.


The occasion was climaxed with the official commissioning of the Upper East Regional branch office of the Council. The Regional Minister, Mr. Rockson A. Bukari, who assisted in the allocation of the office space to the Council, formally opened the facility.


Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)