A new Midwifery training School has been opened in the Bawku Municipality. The new institution adds up to the Presbyterian Nursing Training College to provide training of Midwives for the Bawku area to reduce infant mortality.
The school, which begun operating last year, had since admitted 37 students made up of Nursing Assistant Clinical (NAC) and post Nursing Assistant Preventive (NAP) who are currently pursuing a two-year midwifery course to augment the number of midwives in the Bawku area and beyond.
Principal of the school, Madam Rhoda Damata Abugri, disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Bawku in the Upper East Region and said the establishment of the school was to train enough midwives who would add up to improve on maternal health and other mother-to-child health issues in the area.
Madam Abugri noted that the Bawku area consisted of five districts-Tempane, Garu, Pusiga, Bawku West, Binduri districts and the Bawku Municipal and said the school would transform these students into midwives and equip them with new skills to enable them tackle and reduce the rising cases of maternal mortality in the area.
She hinted that the school had the intention to admit only 35 students this year due to challenges such as infrastructure, including lecture halls, accommodation among other things.
She indicated that since the school was young, efforts were being made to address these issues with time.
Madam Abugri mentioned that 91 students have been admitted into a three-year Registered General Nursing (RGN) programme at the Presbyterian Nursing Training College at Bawku and said the overall aim was geared at providing quality health services to the people in the area.
The Principal called on the students to eschew social vices such as alcoholism, abuse of drugs, truancy and take their studies seriously indicating that the nursing profession was a noble one and needed to produce noble professionals.