Mrs Lordina Mahama
Mrs Lordina Mahama

Mrs Lordina Mahama, the First Lady, has said there was the need to strengthen midwifery education to provide innovative, evidence-based and cost effective quality care to women, babies and society at large.

Lordina Mahama
Lordina Mahama

She said midwives rendered invaluable service and therefore needed to be supported to become self-motivated to meet the challenges of reproductive health.

Mrs Mahama said this in an address read for her at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Midwifery Training School at Hohoe which was under the theme, ?Reducing Maternal Mortality- Key to National Development: Our Collective Responsibility.?

She described the country?s maternal mortality rate of 380/100,000 live births and the under five mortality rate of 78/1,000 live births as far ahead of the standards specified in the Millennium Development Goal Four and Five (MDGs 4&5).

The First Lady said government and the Lordina Foundation would continue to build and expand health infrastructure with the collaboration of development partners to make healthcare delivery more accessible.

She said ?together we will carry forward the maternal and child healthcare strategies for accelerated progress for all.?

Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, the Minister of Health, said the government anticipated that with the right strategy and attitudes the unwarranted deaths could be reversed by deploying time tested technologies.

He appealed to health institutions to strictly enforce the service code of ethics and disciplinary procedures to curb indiscipline in the industry.

Dr Agyeman-Mensah commended the School for turning 1,862 midwives since its inception.

Ms Helen Adjoa Ntoso, the Volta Regional Minister, said the government would build new district hospitals at Dambai, Adaklu and Kpassa.

It would also take steps to upgrade some health facilities, supply medical equipment and build new community-based health planning systems (CHPS) compounds in the Region.

She said work on the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) had reached an advanced stage and added that the government was committed to laying the necessary infrastructure and personnel to provide the manpower needs in the health sector.

Ms Narki Doku, Principal of the School, said the school was programmed to become a centre of excellence in the training of reproductive health professional.

It has a workforce of 57 including 17 tutors and complemented by part time, mentee tutors and national service personnel.

She said it has a student population of 306 who are pursuing a three-year diploma in midwifery different from the 15 pioneering students who undertook a straight midwifery course at inception in 1972.

Ms Doku said the school?s academic performance was impressive this year, scoring 91.7 percent in the licensing examination, placing fourth on the national performance index, a feat the school exhibited by topping the nation in 2011, where students recorded 87.5 percent.

She commended the government for completing work on the multi-purpose block comprising classrooms, tutor offices, computer and skills acquisition laboratories, the expansion of its library but challenged with facilities including hostels, staff residence and a multi-purpose complex where academic, social and other important functions could be held.

Ms Doku announced that the School has been granted institutional accreditation by the national Accreditation Board as a tertiary institution since September 2013 and affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

Togbega Gabusu VI, Paramount Chief of Gbi Traditional Area, presiding urged stakeholders to play their roles effectively for the attainment of health for all.

Ms Mahama presented 10 laptops to the School and deserving past and current staff and students were honoured for their sterling contribution to their success story.

GNA

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