Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has disclosed, plans are ahead for government to recruit more than 260 additional trained nurses by end of the year.
Earlier this year, government engaged about 16,000 trained nurses.
Speaking at the induction ceremony for the 2016 qualified nurse assistants, nurses and midwives, Agyemang-Manu stated that “the government is working towards having a good number of the current inductees in the 2018 budget”
“We are sure that the period where it takes two or more years before you are engaged, will be a thing of the past,” the Minister added.
Government, on Tuesday, restored the monthly allowances for trainee nurses and midwives.
With the restoration, each student nurse will receive GHS400 monthly.
About 68,000 trainee nurses and midwives from public health training institutions are to benefit from the programme.
On the issue of research in nursing and midwifery, Agyemang-Manu noted that “it has a tremendous influence on the current and future professional nursing practice.”
Research in this area is a growing field in which individuals within the profession can contribute a variety of skills and experiences at the science of nursing care.
Recently the Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) launched the first ever peer reviewed journal of nursing and midwifery called Numid Horizon.
This is an international journal of nursing and midwifery.
Urging the inductees, the Minister asked that they make it an aim to upgrade their knowledge by going into research and publishing findings in the Numid Horizon journal in order to contribute to the improvement of service delivery.
“For the country to contribute to the global achievement of the sustainable development goals, we need well trained nurses and midwives who will work with optimum commitment and professionalism,” Agyeman-Manu said .
To reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment, and to promote mental health and well-being by 2030, the country should be able to contribute to the global reduction of maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births, and end preventable deaths of newborns and children under five years of age.
In addition, it should reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-five mortality to, at least, as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.
By Joshua W. Amlanu