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FIRST DEGREE TO BECOME MINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR NURSES AND MIDWIVES – MINISTRY OF HEALTH

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The Ministry of Health has indicated that all health training institutions across the country will be upgraded to run a 4-year bachelor’s degree programme. This will ensure that they meet the changing healthcare needs of the nation.

According to Hannah Akua Oparebea Acquah the Rector of the College of Nursing and Midwifery, the idea is to make sure that a bachelor’s degree becomes the minimum qualification for practicing nurses and midwives while eliminating diplomas and certificate holders.

Mrs. Oparebea made this known on behalf of the health minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu at the 14th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Conference of Heads of Health Training Institutions (COHHETI) at Koforidua in the Eastern region on the theme “Repositioning The Health Training Institutions Towards Universal Health Coverage.”

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“As we are all aware, there are calls for upgrade of health Institutions into the tertiary status to improve nursing and midwifery training education and also to meet the changing health care needs of the public. This means that eventually, a first degree will be the minimum requirement at any level of our health education system. 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” she explained.

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