The 32 matriculants with dignitaries that attended the programme

THE MEMBER of Parliament for Dormaa West, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, has expressed worry over the way midwifery training has become the preserve of women.

“It is time men enrolled in midwifery training schools to help increase the number of midwives in the country,” he said.

Mr. Agyemang Manu was speaking at the first matriculation ceremony of the Presbyterian Midwifery School at Dormaa Ahenkro, where 32 female nurses were matriculated.

The MP called on young men in the Dormaa Traditional area to enroll in the midwifery school since it will offer them a rare opportunity to get into a good career.

He described the opening of the school as a dream come true for himself and the people of Dormaa and hoped it would grow to become a nursing school as well over time.

Mr. Agyemang Manu used the opportunity to appeal to the chiefs in the area to provide the school with additional land to expand and enroll more students.

Queen of Dormaa Traditional Area and chairperson of the event, Odeneho Akosua Fremah Dwaben, was full of praise for the Presbyterian Church for opening another tertiary institution in the traditional area and pledged the support of the traditional council.

Nana Fremah Dwaben expressed worry over rising infant mortality cases in Brong Ahafo and the country as a whole. It was her hope that the midwives that will be trained by the school will help clamp down on infant mortality in the region.

General Manager for Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital, Fred Effah-Yeboah, said the official opening of the school will be in November to coincide with the second matriculation of the second batch of enrolled students.

“This training school increases the nursing training schools of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana to three, namely Agogo NTC, Bawku NTC and Dormaa MTS,” he said.

He thanked the Presbyterians Church of Ghana for providing GH¢50,000 and a brand new pick-up for the school. He was also grateful to Mr. Agyemang Manu, for providing the school with GH¢35,000 over the past three years from his health fund.

“I wish to place on record that the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital Maternity Department was upgraded to provide a suitable environment for practical training for the school with an initial support of GH¢20,000 from the MP for Dormaa West. He has also provided the school with GH¢10,000 for the establishment of a computer laboratory which is ongoing,” he added.

From Vivianna Mensah, Dormaa Ahenkro

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