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First Degree Will Soon Become The Minimum Requirement For Practicing Nurses And Midwives – Health Minister

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First Degree Will Soon Become The Minimum Requirement For Practicing Nurses And Midwives – Health Minister

The Ministry of Health has said that health training institutions at all levels, will soon be upgraded to run a 4-year bachelor’s degree programme to meet the changing health care needs of the country.

According to the Rector of the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Hannah Akua Oparebea Acquah, the idea is to ensure that a bachelor’s degree becomes the minimum qualification for practicing nurses and midwives while fading out diploma and certificate holders.

She was speaking on behalf of the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu at the 14th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Conference of Heads of Health Training Institutions (COHHETI) at Koforidua in the Eastern region.

The 14th AGM of COHHETI was under the theme, “Repositioning the health training institutions towards universal health coverage.”

The role of health training institutions is to create a forum for discussing issues such as equipping them to churn out quality health personnel.

Various heads of institutions that run certificate and diploma programmes attended the meeting to take stock of their performances and how to improve upon them.

Hannah Oparebea Acquah, addressing the gathering, noted that a stakeholder consultation will soon take place to develop policies as part of plans to upgrade all health training Institutions into fully-fledged tertiary schools.

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This, according to her, will help meet the changing demands of the public.

“As we are all aware, there are calls for upgrade of health Institutions into 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

The Eastern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Winfred Ofosu who chaired the conference, in his remarks lauded the sterling leadership skills of heads of health training schools in spite of the high demand for admission of nurses and midwives.

Whilst acknowledging the lack of infrastructure and learning, Dr. Ofosu was impressed with how well the heads have used IGF to improve their schools.

“The high demand for nurses and midwives put a lot of constraints on the principals and the tutors but with commitment, dedication, and hard work, you have made all of us proud by delivering the numbers. This laudable achievement is against the backdrop of limited infrastructure, challenges with teaching and learning accommodation, transport for supervision of fieldwork, we applaud your sterling leadership and sacrifices.

“Infrastructure remains the challenge for many health training institutions but the efforts you made as institutions have been very impressive,” he stated.

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Ten individuals were honoured by the Conference of Heads of Health Training Institutions (COHHETI) for their contributions to the success of the organisation.

They include former Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, Dr. Christopher Beyere, a lecturer at the Catholic University College, and 2020 NDC parliamentary candidate for Techiman South, Dr. Nana Yaw Antwi Boasiako, Mr. James Yambor, Madam Sophia Agyei-Aye, and Mrs. Josephine Ansu-Gyeabour.

The rest are Mr. Jones Ofosu, Dr. James Antwi, Mrs. Gladys Faybian, and Mr. Felix Nyante.

 

 

 

 

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Marwako Food Poisoning: Authority Has No Mandate To Demand Compensation For Victims – FDA

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Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)’s Director of Legal says they cannot demand compensation for victims of the alleged food poisoning at Marwako’s East Legon branch.

Joseph Bennie said the Authority has no mandate to pressure for amends in cash from the eatery to the affected persons.

In an interview with YEN.com.gh, monitored by GhArticles.com, Bennie said the FDA can carry out sanctions in the form of ”a ban, fine, caution, or prosecution” in such cases.

The Acting Director’s comments come amid widespread reports of food poisoning at Marwako’s East Legon branch on social media, leading to the closure of the restaurant.

He said the closure of the eatery was to prevent an escalation of reported cases of food poisoning.

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Speaking on the investigations, Joseph Bennie said the FDA is yet to establish the cause of the food poisoning. ”Investigations will conclude in not less than a week or more,” he told YEN.comgh, sighted by GhArticles.com.

As previously reported that the management of Marwako has appealed to the FDA to open other branches closed down following complaints of food poisoning at its East Legon branch.

PRO for Marwako Fast Food Ltd, Mohammed Amin Lamptey, said while the popular food business accepts the decision of the FDA, the industry regulator, it is only fair for the affected branch to be shut down.

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”The FDA shut down of our branches is quite unfortunate and it is really something that is going to create another problem for Mawako Fast Foods Limited. In as much as we all know that it is an isolated case…we thought that the FDA will focus on the East Legon branch,” Lamptey told reporters on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

 

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Reduce 1.5% E-levy Rate — ISSER To Gov’t

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The Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) wants the government to reduce the rate of the controversial electronic transfer levy.

According to ISSER, the government must consider a downward adjustment between 0.5% and 0.75% adding that the 1.5% on all electronic transfers is punitive.

The Director of the institute, Professor Peter Quartey, speaking on the topic: “Harnessing stakeholder engagement and feedback for research impact” at the 2022 ISSER Road Show at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) said with the current 1.5% rate, the government’s goal of mobilizing about GH¢4.1 billion would be missed as more people would avoid using the platform but instead use alternative methods to avoid paying the tax.

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He stated that “The 1.5% E-transaction levy rate is punitive and should be revised downwards to between 0.5% and 0.75% to allow more people to use the service and avoid eroding the gains made in digital financial inclusion.”

The E-levy was introduced by the government in the 2022 Budget for basic transactions related to digital payments and electronic platform transactions.

The levy has sparked controversy because of its impact on mobile money transactions and the impoverished Ghanaians that use it.

 

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Heavy Downpour Leaves Some Parts Of Accra Flooded Again

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Some parts of Accra got flooded Saturday morning following a brief downpour.

Areas such as Kaneshie First Light, Abbosey Okai and Adabraka Sahara, Dansoman, and Odorkor were affected by the floods.

The situation resulted in heavy vehicular traffic in different parts of Accra.

Motorists were left with no choice but to abandon their vehicles after their cars and motorbikes got choked in the floods.

Ghanaians have as usual expressed their anger and lamented at how a little rainfall causes floods.

Some Ghanaians who were affected by the floods quickly took to social media to lament the situation.

The video below shows the floods on the main Kaneshie highway in front of the market.

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