First Lady Commissions Pramso Midwifery Training School
The First Lady, Dr. (Mrs.) Ernestina Naadu Mills has assured Ghanaian women that, policy measures aimed at reducing maternal mortality and the implementation of free health care for pregnant women including deliveries will be vigorously pursued.
This move she indicated, will improve the quality of lives and health system of the country.
Dr Naadu Mills made gave the assurance, when she handed over a new Midwifery Training School at Pramso in the Bosomtwe District of the Ashanti Region on their First matriculation and inauguration ceremony.
Speaking at a durbar organized to mark the First matriculation and commissioning ceremony; Mrs Mills said government has found it necessary to re-introduce the certificate programme in midwifery. This is to ensure that midwifery services in Community-based Health Planning Service (CHPS) exist to provide comprehensive emergency obstetric care, including blood transfusion and ambulances at the district level.
The school, which started in November 2010, now has a student population of 87 with a two post- basic certificate programme. This has the objective of training midwives who will be at the forefront of providing reproductive health service to all women throughout their obstetric cycle in the remote communities of the country.
Dr. Naadu Mills, therefore, stressed that apart from enhancing the career development of the community health nurses, the certificate in midwifery programme will provide professionally and practically competent calibre of nurses specially carved for deprived communities, especially the community based health planning to compounds to serve as gate keepers in saving more pregnant mothers from death.
Most Rev. Gabriel Justice Anokye of the catholic diocese of Obuasi, was grateful to the government for its support in the establishment of this institution and pleaded with the First Lady to advocate on their behalf for the continuing support of the government.