|Ghana Launches Paediatric Programme|
|Wednesday, 27 January 2010 10:28|
Mr. Oakley Quaye-Kuma, Deputy Minister for Health yesterday observed that absence of paediatric nurses has hindered Ghana's effort to improve child survival and mortality as inscribed in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
"It is therefore basic and imperative that cautious effort is made to train the needed category of workforce to help address the current health needs of this country," he said.
Launching Paediatric Nursing Training Programme in Accra, Mr. Quaye-Kuma said Ghana needs about 1,500 paediatric nurses over the next 10-15 years to meet the health needs of children.
The Ghana-Canada collaboration programme seeks to build on existing competencies in paediatric nursing to make it more focused on the country's needs, with the training based on the Community-Based Health Planning Services.
Under the programme, nurses from hospitals and community settings nominated by metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies will be trained to ensure that they stay and work in the communities to make up for the absence of adequate care in child health that threatens the country's workforce and population.
Mr. Quaye-Kuma lauded the programme and noted that the government is grateful to authorities of Hospital for Sick Children of Toronto, also known as "Sick Kids" for their efforts to advance global child health to generate relevant research on child health in Ghana.