According to Adwoa Bemah Boamah Mensah, a nursing and midwifery instructor, the government’s adoption of a quota admission system for the training of nurses and midwives in 2018 lowered the number of nurses trained annually in Ghana.
According to myjoyonline report, Boamah Mensah, a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), this has resulted in a huge shortage of nurses and midwives in Ghana.
Despite the fact that health institutes in the country can train more workers, she claims that the country’s quota admittance system has limited the amount of applicants they can recruit.
The lecturer stated that the fall in the number of nurses training each year has the greatest impact on rural communities.
She also stated that the cut will have a negative impact on Ghana’s SDG goals.
“Are we going to train more nurses?” No, in my opinion. This is due to a quota system that was implemented a few years ago. Currently, if you’re a training institution in the country, you won’t be able to accept all of the people that apply. “We are not training as many nurses as we need,” Boamah Mensah told myjoyonline.com.
“Those of us who live in cities may not notice this, but if you go to rural communities, you’ll find that you won’t have a midwife or a nurse to attend to patients, and this affects them because they are also citizens who deserve quality health care, as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promote,” she added.
Meanwhile, Perpetual Ofori Ampofo, President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, has stated that the quota admission method is necessary to ensure that the government pays nursing trainees their allowances.
To help enhance the quality of nurses in the country, the government implemented a quota admission system for nursing training schools under the Ministry of Health.
For the 2018/2019 academic year, governmental and private colleges certified to train nurses in the country were ordered to lower their enrollment by nearly 2000 nurses.