According to the Ministry of Health, health training institutions at all levels will soon be upgraded to offer a four-year bachelor’s degree program to meet the country’s changing health care needs.
According to Hannah Akua Oparebea Acquah, Rector of the College of Nursing and Midwifery, the goal is to ensure that a bachelor’s degree becomes the minimum qualification for practicing nurses and midwives, while a diploma and certificate holders are phased out.
She was speaking on behalf of Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu at the 14th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Conference of Heads of Health Training Institutions (COHHETI) in Koforidua, East Africa.
In her address to the gathering, Hannah Oparebea Acquaah stated that a stakeholder consultation will soon take place to develop policies as part of plans to upgrade all health training institutions to full-fledged tertiary schools.
This, she claims, will help meet the public’s changing demands.
“As we are all aware, there are calls for upgrade of health Institutions into the tertiary status to improve nursing and midwifery training education and also to meet the changing health care needs of the public. This means that eventually, a first degree will be the minimum requirement at any level of our health education system.
“To achieve this feat, there should be a broader stakeholder consultation and engagement that will see to the development of a policy that will make all health training fully-fledged tertiary institutions” she explained