Induction Ceremony held for Newly Qualified Nurses and Midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has inducted 20,034 Nurse Assistants, Nurses and Midwives who qualified into the Nursing and Midwifery profession in the year 2018, to practice as professionals.

The induction ceremony was held in three zones. 8610 of the professionals were inducted in the Southern Zone (Accra), 6,103 in the middle zone (Sunyani) and 5,302 in the Northern Zone (Wa).

The Nursing and Midwifery professionals had completed various professional programmes. The programmes included Registered General Nursing, Registered Midwifery, Registered Mental Health Nursing, Registered Community Nursing, Registered Nurses Assistant Clinical/Preventive, Post NAC/NAP Midwifery and Post Basic programmes.

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Mr. Felix Nyante, the Registrar of the Nurses and Midwifery Council, presented the inductees before Reverend Veronica Mina Darko, the Chairperson of the 14th Governing Board of the Nurses and Midwifery Council, for induction.

Inducting the Nurse Assistants, Nurses and Midwives into the profession, the Chairman of the 14th Governing Board of the Council, Rev. Veronica Darko urged them to abide by their job description, legal and ethical responsibilities.

She also urged them to use the laid down channels in addressing their grievances instead of resorting to demonstrations and strikes.

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Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health, who delivered the keynote address at the Southern Zone said the government remains committed to the gradual absorption of the backlog of qualified Nursing and Midwifery professionals into the healthcare delivery system.

He admitted that effective health systems were critical for national development, and so the government would work at ensuring that the right to health for all Ghanaians are guaranteed through an established public health system, with sustainable ability to deliver affordable, equitable, and easily accessible health care.

He emphasized on the need for nurses and midwives to engage in continuous professional education in the area of specialization, to keep pace with current global standards of their profession.

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Mr. Agyeman-Manu encouraged all practitioners to take advantage of the free two-year online continuous professional development programme by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in partnership with the International Council of Nursing, and the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA).

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The Health Minister also commended the NMC for its excellent regulatory role over the past 49 years, which earned Ghana a global applause and a mentorship position especially, from other African countries including; Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Liberia and Ethiopia who sent their delegation to understudy the Council’s operations to improve their own health systems.

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