Over 5,000 nurses, nurse assistants and midwives who sat for the Nursing Examination, passed and qualified in 2017, were on Monday inducted into the nursing profession by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) of Ghana.
The inductees, represented newly qualified health professionals from the Southern zone ‘A’ comprised of the cluster of schools from the Volta, Eastern and the Greater Accra Regions.
They formed the first batch of the over 22,000 inductees to be inducted by the N&MC this November from all over the country.
The Reverend Veronica Mina Darko, Chairperson of the 14th Governing Board of the N&MC led the induction ceremony by taking the inductees through the “Nurses’ Pledge” and the “Midwives Prayer”.
Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister of Health congratulated the inductees for successfully completing their nursing and midwifery programmes.
He advised them to be guided by their oath and pledge in the “increasingly difficult, ethical, life and death decisions you will make throughout your professional lives”.
He said the government was working together with the stakeholders to improve Ghana’s health systems by ensuring that the right number of adequately trained healthcare workers were in the right places.
He said the government was also ready to provide the needed support framework and infrastructural development to help the professionals to leverage on and work to impact on the lives of the citizens.
The Minister called for the training of more preventive and specialised nurses that could reach out to people in the hard to reach areas of the country with specialised health care services.
He used the occasion to congratulate Ms Sophia Safia Sulamana, a midwife at the Kunkwa district in the Northern Region, who was also part of the inductees, for delivering a pregnant woman of a baby boy at 0300 hours while on board an Accra-Bolgatanga bus on Sunday, September 23, 2018.
Ms Sulemana, was said to have had improvised polythene bags as gloves to receive the baby, got a blade from a passenger to cut the umbilical cord of the baby and pulled out a string from a sack to tie the cord.
The Health Minister who was full of praise for Ms Sulemana said: “had it not been for her intervention, the story would have been different”.
He later presented a motorbike, a hospital kit and a citation of honour, on behalf of the Ghana Health Service and the N&MC to Ms Sulemana for her timely intervention in the situation.