Mr Felix Nyante, the Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, at the induction ceremony in Accra, said this number adds to the previous 3,086 and 3,359 similar professionals who were inducted earlier from the Northern and Middle belts.
According to him the inductees involves all registered Midwives and Nurses, including Registered General Nursing, Registered Community Health Nurses and also Registered Mental Health Nurses, who for the Councils’ 2015 Licensing Examination and have qualified.
He said they have been duly issued with their certificates and licenses to practice, but are currently awaiting their PIN, which would be released to them after their internship.
Mr Alex Segbefia, the Minister of Health, commended the NMCG for the strenuous efforts to ensure the highest standards of training and practice of Nursing and Midwifery.
He also congratulated the inductees for their successes, and pledged the Ministry’s commitment towards the upgrading of number of training institutions with well-equipped Information, and Communication Technology facilities for effective training.
Mr Nyante officially presented the inductees to Mrs May Osae Addae, who is the Chairperson of the 13th Governing Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, who in turn led them to recite the Nurses’ Pledge as well as the Midwives’ prayer, which among other things, require their loyalty and professionalism and also God’s mercy upon them to do good and not to hurt.
She led them to recite the National Pledge and also to sing the patriotic song: “Yen ara asaase ni,” to boost their sense of patriotism to offer selfless service to their clients.
Professor Faustina Oware-Gyekye, who is the Head of Midwifery at the Mountcrest University College at Kanda in Accra, advised the newly inducted Nurses and Midwives to exhibit high levels of professionalism, humility and to accord their seniors great respect, so as to benefit from their rich experiences.
“You must be humble enough to ask your seniors for explanations and help when the need arises. You cannot afford to experiment as you are now dealing with lives”, she said.
Prof Oware-Gyekye, also entreated them to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available for their further professional upgrading, not to abandon their country for greener pastures elsewhere, and to collaborate with others for evidence-based research in health care.
There was also recognition of excellence awards, for the best candidates in Registered Midwifery (practical), the Best in the (written), Best candidate for Registered Mental Health Nursing (practical) and also the best candidate in Registered Mental Health Nursing (written)
The rest were the best candidate in Registered General Nursing (practical) as well as the best candidates in Registered Community Nursing in written and in practical.