Henceforth, managers of private clinics who engage the services of unqualified persons as nurses or midwives will face prosecution.
This follows reports that referred candidates seek employment with private clinics instead of going back to the classroom to do mandatory revision before re-sitting the licensure examination.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Nurses and Midwives Council of Ghana, Reverend Veronica Darko, made this known in an address read on her behalf at the matriculation of students admitted into Family Health Assistants Training School in Accra.
Rev. Darko said “in light of this, the council will take up the challenges of strengthening its supervision of facilities across the country”.
She said health assistants in Ghana must recognise their role as being assistants to the professional nurses and midwives and operate within their scope to avoid legal suits. Rev Darko explained that if the health assistants performed tasks that were beyond their knowledge and skills, “the legal implication could be serious”.
“The Nurses and Midwives Council in Ghana tries to urge student nurses and midwives as well as professional nurses and midwives to adhere to the high standards of the profession,” she said.
According to Rev. Darko, the performance of candidates at the licensing examination in the recent past had not been the best, adding that the council had, therefore, engaged the services of consultants to conduct a research into the causes of the unimpressive performance.
She, however, urged the matriculants to abide by the oath they took and let it guide them at all times during their training and throughout their career.
The Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Mr George Kumi Kyeremeh, also underscored the need for both students and health assistants to abide by the code of conduct governing the health profession.
That, he explained, would bring back the trust and confidence the nation reposed in them.
“As students, it is incumbent, therefore, on you to make the best use of the opportunity, study hard, subject yourself to discipline and abide by the code and conduct of the institution,” Mr Kyeremeh said.
He added that it was important for the health sector to be committed to a partnership with the private sector by creating an enabling environment for them to operate in and enhance the quality of health care in the country.
Mr Kyeremeh observed that it was the responsibility of health institutions to collectively create a conducive environment that would facilitate teaching and learning, to enable students become excellent professionals.
He, therefore, urged the students not to allow peer group or any other things to distract their attention from their academic work.
The Board Chairman of the Family Health Hospital and School, Professor Yao Kwawukume, said the National Vocational Training Institute had granted Family Health Hospital and School accreditation.
According to him, this would offer more opportunities for young students who wished to be in the health profession to be enrolled in the school.
Prof. Kwawukume said it was the school’s major objective to train skillful caregivers who would meet the challenges in the health care delivery system.