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The GCNM Rector has called for more investment in nurses in order to attain Universal Health Coverage

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Ms Hannah O.A Acquah, Rector of the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives (GCNM), believes that investing in nurses and midwives would assist the government reach its goal of Universal Health Coverage.

The Rector stated that nurses and midwives were change agents and that with the proper training and supporting atmosphere, they would be leaders in their hospitals and communities.

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Ms Acquah stated this in Accra at the 10th anniversary second public lecture on the theme “Advancing Paediatric Nursing Education: GCNM/Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Partnership.”

In 2016, the Ministry of Health and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) introduced the Paediatric Associate Membership Programme, a one-year specialised paediatric nursing education curriculum in conjunction with the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives.

With extra funding from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, the Centre for Global Child Health at SickKids and its health system partners in Ghana are expanding access to excellent health care in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The financing is a continuation of the SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership (PNEP), a programme run by SickKids in collaboration with the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives, Ghana Health Service, and the Ghana Ministry of Health.

The primary objective of the collaboration is to train paediatric nurses and contribute to Ghana’s national target of 1,500 paediatric nurses as part of the next generation of child health professionals over the next 10 to 15 years.

She also stated that the collaboration will entail the establishment of a competency-based, natural nursing curriculum as well as faculty and preceptor competence.

According to Ms Acquah, the partnership was driven by disparities in treatment quality and access to healthcare for children in poor regions, as well as the need for children to have specialised health care professionals.

About the future, she stated that the College’s objective was to make paediatric nursing education equitably available to nurses and midwives around the country, as well as to involve stakeholders in recruiting nurses to train and deploy to underserved regions.

About the project’s outcome, Ms Stephanie de Young, Senior Manager, Nursing Education, SickKids, stated that approximately 5,000 paediatric nurses were educated in a one-year postgraduate programme between 2015 and 2020.

She stated that the initiative had reinforced the health system and enhanced the quality of paediatric care, and that the educational program’s practice-focused orientation was important to the project’s success.

 

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