Story: I. Kofi Owusu TAWIAH
The Ghana College of Nurses and Midwifery (GCNM) has held its 6th Annual General Meeting and 3rd Scientific Conference in Accra, with a call on the government to support them with the needed logistics and resources by sponsoring and investing in Specialist Education of Nurses and Midwives.
Speaking at the conference, Deputy Minister of Health, Mahama Asei Seini lauded the Nurses and Midwives for their resilient performance during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that the government is working assiduously to make sure there is proper health care delivery.
The conference also saw the induction of 99 Associate Members and 79 Resident Members from Accra, Kumasi and Tamale training sites into the College.
Rector of the college, Hannah Oparebea Acquaah called on the government and the Ministry of Health to support the college with the requisite logistics and resources for them to contribute towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.
According to her, the healthcare system needs the Nurse and Midwives’ Specialist; “in fact, they need us like oxygen. Please invest in Nurses and Midwives. The Ministry has to urgently invest in us’’.
The Keynote Speaker, from the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Professor Victoria Bam charged Nurses and Midwives to work diligently and evidently.
“Government agenda 111 is laudable, it however needs commensurate operation of high calibre human resource during and after the pandemic. I therefore wish to urge all resident fellows to promote more evident base practice to make our contribution more evident’’.
The 6th Annual General Meeting and 3rd Scientific Conference is on the theme: ”Prioritizing and promoting Nursing and Midwifery Specialization towards a sustainable Universal Health Coverage in a pandemic era”. Maridiya Ibrahim Mohammed was adjudged the Best Resident member for 2021 while Emmanuel Ellonye emerged the Best Associate Member for 2021.