Staff and National Service Personnel of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana numbering about 120 have undergone a one day fire training exercise as part of measures to equip them on some fire safety measures. The one-day training was facilitated by personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service, Legon station
The training exercise lasted for over two hours and consisted of theory and practical rudiments of fighting fire.
Speaking on the rational for the exercise, the Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Mr. Felix Nyante, explained that the training was to equip Staff on the basic fire prevention methods especially at the work place.
He said that fire outbreaks could be prevented however, lack of training on fire-fighting tend to endanger one's life when there was fire outbreak at home or at the work place.
He praised the facilitators for the practical way they educated the Staff and requested the Ghana National Fire Service to regularly make such training programmes available to staff, to secure life and property
DO1 Harriet Anyeley Nunoo, District Fire Officer of the University of Ghana Fire Station, Legon advised that every home and workplace should have an appropriate fire extinguisher. She said that the extinguisher can be used at the beginning stages of a fire to avoid escalation and subsequent damage to lives and property.
DO1 Nunoo explained that although an extinguisher may be seen to be expensive, it is a good investment considering the cost of a fire outbreak.
Other officials of the GNFS also advised Staff to avoid overloading their main sockets and extension boards as this could cause overheating and subsequently trigger a fire outbreak, adding that although extension boards may have spaces to plug in enough appliances, it is not always safe to do so.
Staff of the Council who took part in the training expressed gratitude to the authorities of the Ghana Fire Service and Management of the Council for providing the training programme. They noted that it was very important that everyone remained vigilant to ensure that their emergency exits were clear of any obstruction at all times for a safe and quick evacuation in case of any emergency
With the successful commencement of the online licensing examination which began on September 3, 2018, Ghana becomes the first in West Africa and third in Africa to conduct licensing examination online for nursing and midwifery trainees.
The examination was conducted simultaneously in three centers across the Country, namely Pantang, Yendi and Ankaful.
375 Registered Mental Nursing (RMN) Candidates took part in the online licensing online examination.
The Minister of Health, Hon. Kweku Agyeman Manu and the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Ron Strikker, accompanied by some officials from the Embassy visited the Council’s Computer lab to witness the conduct of the examination.
The Council’s computer lab hosted 97 candidates from the Nursing Training School, Pantang
The Hon. Minister and the Ambassador briefed the media on the rationale for the online licensing examination.
The Minister emphasized that “the online examination will result in significant cost savings”
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery education and academic research programmes in Ghana, the University of Ghana has elevated Dr. Lydia Aziato, a distinguished senior lecturer and Acting Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Ghana, to an Associate Professor.
Sharing her celebrated achievements with the N&MC newsline team, Prof. Aziato disclosed that she has worked as a lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery for over 10 years where she has contributed immensely towards nursing and midwifery education in areas such as pain management, cancer nursing, surgical nursing and curriculum development. She also has advanced skills in qualitative research and an interest in training and mentoring young nurses and students to enhance their skills and independence.
She has been a nurse for over 20 years. She had her first degree in Nursing and Psychology in 2001 and in 2006, she graduated with an MPhil in Nursing from the University of Ghana. She also has a specialty certificate in Oncology Nursing from the cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Canada which she completed in 2006.
Subsequently, she graduated with a PhD in Nursing from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa in 2013. She was awarded the Emerging Nurse Researcher for Africa in 2017.
Prof. Aziato holds both local and international positions in nursing organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau International. She also serves on a number of boards and committees. In addition, she is an external examiner for a number of Universities in Ghana and internationally.
She has published in over 40 articles in credible peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer for many journals.
Prof Aziato is a committed Christian and fellowships with the Temple of Grace Baptist Church, Madina. She is grateful to the almighty God for strengthening her throughout her lifetime. She is married with three children.
Asked what she does at her leisure time she said she uses her leisure time for counselling and mentoring.
The N&MC is very proud of Professor Lydia Aziato’s achievement. We hope her accomplishments would motivate other nursing and midwifery practitioners to walk her path.
It has come to the attention of the NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF GHANA that there is a Facebook page using the official logo of the NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF GHANA and operating with the name NURSES AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL.
The management of the Council wishes to state categorically that the Facebook page operating with the logo and the name NURSES AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL is not the official Facebook page of the NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF GHANA.
The Council would therefore like to caution the general public that any information displayed on the NURSES AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL Facebook page is not from the NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF Ghana, hence any person who transacts business with the managers of the page do so at their own risk.
Members of the public are also advised to visit the Council’s official website (www.nmcgh.org) or contact the following numbers for further information about the Council.