Story by Joseph A. Coffie

The International Day of Midwife Award ceremony was held today 8th October, 2020 at The Ministry of Health Auditorium where Twenty-one best Midwives from all the sixteen Regions in Ghana has been awarded with a laptop, table top fridge and a crystal glass plague.

Mr. Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari
(Chief Director-MOH)

This ceremony was attended by the Director-General, Ghana Health Service, UNFPA Country Representative, All Directors of Ministry of Health and other Agencies, Nursing and Midwifery Leaders, Presidents and Representatives of Midwives Associations, Awardees and friends from the media.

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Health Mr. Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari, who delivered the speech on behalf of the Minister of Health read, "I am delighted to be part of this year's celebration and recognition of Midwives for your contribution to health in Ghana".

The Minister stated, "The role of Midwives in our health delivery system cannot be overemphasized." 

He said "midwives are the backbone of any health care system and play a crucial role in reducing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality".

He also stated that, "Midwives during this Covid-19 pandemic are also working tirelessly on the front line in hospitals, clinics, maternity homes and health centres around the world, risking their own lives and wellbeing to save the lives of women and newborns".

The Chief Director indicated clearly on behalf of the minister that, "World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the world will need an additional 9 million nurses and midwives by the year 2030 for all countries to reach sustainable Development Goal 3 on health and well-being."

He however stated that, "it is similarly believed that achieving health for all will depend on there being sufficient numbers of well-trained and educated, regulated and we'll supported nurses and midwives, who receive pay and recognition commensurate with the services and quality of care that they provide".

He said, "Consequently, one of our key strategies adopted by Ghana is to train more Midwives and to deploy some of them to CHPS zones so that mothers can have close-to-door maternal services all the time".

"Going through the list of the awardees, I have observed that most of them are working in deprived communities and I must commend you for accepting postings to the remote areas of our country" he said.

He said the government has increased the training and development of Midwives in the country through the establishment of more Midwifery schools and the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives for training nurse and midwife specialists. 

"The ministry is also collaborating with the universities to run undergraduate and graduate courses for Midwives to raise their academic profiles" he stated.

He therefore congratulated all awardees for their outstanding performance and the fact that they have been nominated for this prestigious award, With support from UNFPA and CRS, Awardees are going home with a laptop, table top fridge and Crysta glass plague as their prices.

He concluded by saying, the ministry of health will continue to provide the requisite resources and also continue to create the enabling environment for all Midwives to work safely and also progress in their career development.

He finally thanked all nurses and midwives for the show of love for God and Country also accepting to return to the table for negotiation of their conditions if service.

"I want to assure your that my outfit will support any efforts to improve your working and living conditions so that together we can achieve our health goals". He stated.

Dr. Barnabas Kwame Yeboah
(Head, Nursing and Midwifery-MOH)

Dr. Barnabas Kwame Yeboah, the Head of Nursing and Midwifery- Ministry of Health give all glory to God Almighty for keeping everyone safe in this pandemic.

In his acknowledgement speech he said, "We are all thankful to the Hon. Minister and Chief Director for their unflinching leadership and support".

He also thanked the Director-General, chief Executive Officers of the Teaching Hospitals, Directors of Ministry of Health and all Regional Directors for their support.

"The ministry of Health is grateful to the Country Representatives of UNFPA and CRS our major sponsors for providing funding to successfully organize this event". He noted.

He also thanked the awardees, GRMA and other Associations for their active participation, the planning committee for the excellent work done to ensure the event finally took place.

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