Discussions are progressing for the establishment of a university proposed by the Ministry of Health (MoH) which will consolidate all the ministry’s training schools under one roof, said Mr. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, Minister of Health.
Mr. Agyemang-Manu announced this in a speech read on his behalf at the opening of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Session of the Nurse Educator Group (NEG), currently underway in Sunyani.
The theme of the three-day AGM is: “Updating Nursing/Midwifery Educator Competencies for Achievement of Tertiary Status for Health Education Institutions”.
He explained that the entry requirements for students applying for nursing and midwifery programs at health training institutions indicate that nursing and midwifery training institutions have already reached tertiary status.
Describing the theme of the meeting as fitting, the Minister of Health said, “The discussions took place at a time when the world, including Ghana, is striving to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) of 2030, leaving no one behind”.
“We are all convinced that if we continue to have a very honest and transparent discussion about upgrading and updating the skills of nurse/midwife educators, no one will be left behind and we will all be updated. and upgraded to support the achievement of UHC with well-motivated and even more qualified nurse/midwife educators,” said Mr Agyemang-Manu.
“While discussing the issue of upgrading, we also need to look at the qualification of the Ghana College of Nursing and Midwifery. How does it compare with PhD and MPhil? Is this qualification only for the provision of services or also for training? he questioned.
Mr. Agyemang-Manu therefore urged stakeholders including the National Accreditation Council, affiliated universities, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education (MoE), management of health training institutions and colleges to join the discussion for fruitful results.
“As a body of educators, now is the time to position ourselves by assessing our readiness for transition. There is a need to assess the qualifications of current tutors, audit the certificates of affiliated universities to determine the different needs of individual tutors, find out which ones qualify instantly for upgrading to pursue PhDs or MPhil’s,” he added.
Mr. Bakinam Adamu, the National Chairman of the NEG, called on the Ministry of Health and other concerned partners to find lasting solutions to the challenges of perennial delays in promotions and conversions, book and research allowances, the low research rate, supervision, practical and grading allowances as well as the uncertainty surrounding the migration of health education institutions to tertiary status and the generally poor working conditions of nurse educators must be addressed once and for all to avoid turmoil.