Dr. Kwaku Agyeman-mensa, Minister of health has specified that with the increase of non-communicable diseases, there is a greater need of specialized health professionals with unique skills to handle them.
The reason is the load is gradually increasing as the pattern indicates movement, shifting from largely transmissible diseases towards largely non transmissible diseases.
He stated that with the increasing life prospect, the challenges of deteriorating diseases are becoming more noticeable. This is why nurses and midwives with training and specialized skills are needed, not just to handle the diseases, but to help modify society’s behavior towards a healthy standard of living.
The Minister of Health gave this statement at an inaugural, induction and the Matriculation event of Nurses and Midwives GCNM in Accra, Ghana.
GCNM is a new constituent professional academic college that offers specialized education, continuous qualified development, postgraduate nursing, midwifery and other programs. The college also contributes to form policies to better the quality of health.
The Health Minister added that it is the obligation of a nation to keep up with the needs of nurses and midwives to ensure the needs of health are fulfilled at individual and community level.
He welcomed the collage establishment and challenged the college that it will produce nurses and midwives that will keep the global and system level approach to manage health.
He ensured his Ministry’s cooperation of recognition and motivations for the graduates of the college.
Matilda Steiner-Asiedu, professor of nutrition at the University of Ghana noted that the reason for Ghanaians having no access to health care is non-availability of professional and skilled nurses. She also added that diversity in diseases is tackled by the nurses who have upgraded themselves in specified disease all over the world.
Dr. Jemima Araba Dennis-Antwi said that aim of the college is to train professional nurses and midwives to ensure health delivery in the country.
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