The Second batch of students who pursued Diploma in Midwifery has graduated from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) at the 52nd Congregation of the University.
More than two thousand students who pursued their programmes at the 26 Nursing and Midwifery Training Colleges across the country were presented with Diploma in Midwifery certificates.
The Diploma in Midwifery programme was introduced to enhance the level of professionalism for further development of midwives through higher education. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Ghartey-Ampiah, at the congregation ceremony, noted that midwives play vital roles in the health delivery system of every country as quality midwifery reduces maternal and newborn mortality and stillbirth by over 80 per cent and pre-term labour and birth by 24 per cent.
Prof Ghartey-Ampiah urged the midwives to exhibit professionalism in their health facilities and abide by the Code of Conduct to promote and protect the interest and dignity of patients, clients and their relatives. He reiterated the commitment of UCC to working with stakeholders in the health sector and other relevant bodies to train highly professional and motivated personnel to provide quality health care to Ghanaians.
He said the introduction of the top-up programme in Midwifery has come to fill the academic gap that disqualified Post Nurse Assistant Clinical and Post Nurse Assistant Preventive graduates from pursuing further studies in universities in Ghana.
He said subject to approval from the National Accreditation Board and the National Council for Tertiary Education UCC hopes to begin a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery in the 2020/2021 academic year.