An eight-member delegation from the Health Professionals Competency Assessment and Licensure Directorate of the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia is in Ghana to understudy the operation of Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) of Ghana, particularly the conduct of its online licensing examinations.
Theweek-long tour will also afford the Ethiopian delegation the opportunity to seek thetechnical support of the Council to establish a Nursing and Midwifery Council in Ethiopia.
The leader of the delegation who is the Director of the Health Professionals Competency Assessment and Licensure Directorate, Mr TewodrosAbebaw,said the visit was to afford them the opportunity to learn from Ghana’s experience and speed up their process of setting up their own council.
“Our greatest priority is to seek technical support from the N&MC to conduct online licensing examinations for our nursing and midwifery candidates,” he said
He indicated that they chose to understudy Ghana because of its credibility and integrity in building a robust regulatory system for the training, education and practice of nursing and midwifery.
Mr Abebaw said the Ethiopian government was aware of the support N&MC was offering other African countries to strengthen their regulatory systems, and they would want to be part of the success story.
He lauded Ghana’s achievement as the first on the African continent to introduce an online licensing examination as part of its regulatory functions.
The Registrar of the N&MC, Mr Felix Nyante,expressed Ghana’s willingness to help in providing technical assistance to Ethiopia to conduct its online licensing examinations, and also set up its Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Mr Nyante said it was important for Ethiopia to provide a regulatory body for its nursing and midwifery profession, adding that N&MC was prepared for co-operation, collaboration as well as assist in the restructuring and transformation of the nursing and midwifery regulatory system and operations in Ethiopia.
He said that since the introduction of the online licensing examinations in 2018, countries continued to send delegations to understudy the operations of the Council.
In recent times, he said delegations from Gambia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania and Liberia had visited the Council, adding that N&MC had provided technical assistance to the Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM) to conduct licensing examinations for its nurses and midwives.
Mr Nyante said that a team of technocrats from the N&MC was in Liberia to supervise the LBNM to conduct its first online licensing examinations for their nursing and midwifery candidates from October 27-29, 2021
He stated that the council was ready to provide professional and technical support to countries who would want to strengthen their nursing and midwifery regulation.