The first scientific conference of the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives (GCNM) was been held at Gomoa Fetteh in the Central Region.
The five-day conference which coincided with the first Annual General Meeting of the college is being attended by fellows of the GCNM, specialist nurses, midwives and psychiatric nurses.
The conference is expected to strategise towards a strong college and position the college to contribute to addressing the contemporary health care needs of Ghanaians through the application of quality healthcare approaches.
It is on the theme”Specialist nursing and midwifery education and practice: Relevance in contemporary quality health care in Ghana and beyond”.
Dr.Jemima Dennis Antwi, president of the GCNM urged nurses and midwives who wish to develop themselves to pursue their first degree in nursing and midwifery with informed caution.
The college according to her was finalising curricula in oncology, haematology, woman’s health and neonatal care which would soon be launched.
She added that the college was also considering the introduction of an accelerated fellowship programme for degree nurses and midwives to undertake research is their field of specialisation.
Dr. Antwi stated that the college was confronted with financial issues despite its progress and asked the Ministry of Health (MOH) to allow fledging agencies and units to have some respite to grow so they do not develop motile fractures.
The Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the MOH, Mr George Kumi Kyeremeh said the ministry was happy to observe that the college which was established three years ago was gaining its grounds and fulfilling its mandates.
“The ministry is delighted that the GCNM is beginning to take commanding positions as one of the key postgraduate colleges in the health sector,” he said.
He stressed the need for nurses and midwives to take prudent measures to address emerging health threats and develop scientific ways of combating emerging diseases to ensure a healthy and productive citizenry.
An endowment fund to support the college in its operations was launched at the conference.
By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey