The Ministry of Health (MOH) as part of efforts to phase out diploma nursing and midwifery certificates has disclosed bachelor or first degree in due course will be the minimum requirement for practising nurses and midwives.
Hannah Akua Oparebea Acquah, the Rector of the College of Nursing and Midwifery said the move for health training institutions to run a 4-year bachelor’s degree programme is to meet the changing health care needs of the country.
“There are calls for upgrade of health Institutions into the tertiary status to improve nursing and midwifery training education. This means first degree will be the minimum requirement at any level of our health education system,”
She speaking on behalf of Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu said that a stakeholder consultation will soon take place to develop policies as part of plans to upgrade all health training Institutions into fully-fledged tertiary schools.
“To achieve this feat, there should be a broader stakeholder consultation and engagement that will see to the development of a policy that will make all health training fully-fledged tertiary institutions” the Rector stated.
Mrs Hannah revealed this at the 14th Annual General Meeting (AMG) of the Conference of Heads of Health Training Institutions under the theme“Repositioning the health training institutions towards universal health coverage.”
In a related development, the Ministry of Health has announced to recruit some 11,226 degree and diploma nurses and midwives who have completed their one-year mandatory rotation and are eligible to be employed.
“The emoluments of the 11, 226 degree and diploma nurses and midwives to be recruited this year should be charged against the compensation of employees vote of the Ministry of Health (MOH) in 2021 annual estimates
MOH is to ensure the nurses have their documents processed in time and placed on the mechanized payroll to enable Controller and Accountant General’s Departmenteffect payment of the salaries,” Finance Ministry said on Thursday.
The effective date of the appointed degree and diploma nurses the Ministry in a release sighted by EducationWeb said should not be early than December 1, 2021, adding that the financial clearance expires December 31, 2022.
“The Controller and Accountant General is requested to effect the payment of their salaries and make appropriate deductions of social security and income to SSNIT and Domestic Tax Division of Ghana Revenue Authority,” it added.