The Ministry of Heath yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Liverpool John Moores University to further train the country’s nurses and midwives abroad to respond to the peculiarities of the Ghanaian situation. The Deputy Minister for Health, Mr Robert Joseph Mettle-Nunoo, signed on behalf of the Ministry, while Professor Godfrey Nazhindu, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences of the LJMU, initialed for the university.
Mr Mettle-Nunoo said the nursing and midwifery profession constitute about three quarters of the health work-force and the special category of staff that maintains about 60 per cent of patient contact time in the health team hence the need to boost their capacity.
He said for some time now, the ministry has been exploring innovative ways of retaining staff, especially at the clinical area by making it attractive with requisite remuneration.
Mr Mettle-Nunoo said the MoU will provide opportunity for clinical specialisation for nurses and midwives that will enable them to respond to their local needs for quality care delivery.
He said it will also provide a package that will include short courses, as well as masters degrees and doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) programmes for a wide range of courses for nurses and midwives.
Mr Mettle-Nunoo said the MoU is expected to facilitate educational and exchange programmes between LJMU in the form of study visits.
He said it will also promote staff development according to local and LJMU standards to enable staff teach at the university level as well as facilitate collaborative research projects and other forms of co-operation of mutual interest.
Mr Mettle-Nunoo expressed the hope that the move will motivate nurses and midwives, as well as others who will benefit from the partnership.
Prof Mazhindu expressed the hope that the gesture will go a long way to strengthen the relationship between LJMU and MoH.
He said the collaboration, which is the first of its kind between the LJMU and Ghana, is aimed at supporting the government’s agenda of making health care delivery accessible to all.
Source: Daily Graphic