To improve the skills of some selected Sierra Leonean Enrolled nurses and midwives, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, an agency under the Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
The MoU allows MSF to train fifty (50) enrolled nurses and midwives from Sierra Leone in a two-year Registered Diploma in Nursing/Midwifery programme in Ghana.
According to the Registrar of the Council, Mr. Felix Nyante, the MoU was a result of a proposal by Médecins Sans Frontières, to the Ministry of Health and the Nursing and Midwifery Council to offer and fund a bridging course for certificate nurses from Sierra Leone in Ghana.
Mr. Nyante noted that the project was set to take off in January 2018 in two nursing and midwifery training schools; Korle Bu and Koforidua with each school admitting 25 trainees.
Ghana was chosen by MSF due to the international standards of nursing and midwifery education, training and practice that were on offer.
Prior to the commencement of the project, a team from Ghana led by the Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council were invited to Sierra Leone in October, 2017 to conduct entrance examination and interviews which facilitated the screening of the prospective trainee nurses and midwives.
The trainees after undergoing the 2-year Registered Diploma in Nursing/ Midwifery programme will sit for the Council’s licensing examination in Ghana after which they will graduate and be inducted in Sierra Leone.
The 50 Enrolled nurses and midwives arrived in Ghana on January 10, 2018.
INAUGURAL CEREMONY HELD
At an inaugural ceremony for the project at the head office of the Nursing and Midwifery Council on January 12, 2018, the Minister of Health, Mr. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu expressed confidence that the two year program would equip the trainees with enough skills to enable them provide quality health care to the people of Sierra Leone. He also congratulated the two nursing and midwifery training schools; that’s Korle Bu and Koforidua and MSF for making the project possible.
Mr. Agyemang-Manu disclosed that as part of the two-year training, UCC will serve as the affiliate academic institution to award Diploma to the 50 students.
The Medical Director of MSF, Dr. Sebastian Spencer, said the focus of his Organisation was to provide access to quality health care and thanked the government of Ghana for creating opportunity for the 50 students to undertake their studies in the country. He said the training would help the students to achieve their career objective of upgrading themselves to provide quality health care to the people of Sierra Leone
MSF is a leading emergency medical humanitarian organization providing assistance in about 70 countries around the world.
The training project is part of MSF’s strategy to develop the required level of Human Resources for a proposed 160 bed Paediatric and Obstetric Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, which was hard hit during the Ebola outbreak. More than 200 health workers from the district lost their lives during the epidemic.
Present at the function were the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mohammed Habib Tijani, Deputy Minister for Health, Mrs. Tina Mensah; Chief Director, Ministry of Health, Dr. Hafisa Zakaria; delegation from MSF; some Staff of N&MC, Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service.