The Department of Nursing and Midwifery under the Faculty of Health and Allied Sciences of Pentecost University held a workshop for selected members of the Ghana Registered Midwives Association. The workshop is a part of activities towards developing a curriculum for diabetes training in Pentecost University. This is in line with the University A+ agenda to enhance PU’s curricula to make them continuously unique and globally competitive.
According to Dr. Abigail, the Head of Department of Nursing and Midwifery at Pentecost University, theUniversity seeks to offer specialty training for nurses and midwives who want to branch into various specialties within their profession. “But there is a generally a gap when it comes to opportunities for specializing in diabetic care.
That is why we held this workshop to deliberate further on a curriculum that will fill that gap and make nursing and midwifery training at Pentecost University stand out. Dr. Kyei added that “the ideas we gather here will help us pay attention to issues that need to be addressed in the curriculum we will be developing to suit our peculiar circumstances when it comes to Diabetic care in our part of the world”.
The lead facilitator Mrs. Angelina Ankomah, an award winning Ghanaian nurse in the UK, threw light on gestational diabetes mellitus which concerns pregnant women and infants. She used her experiences, observations and works at the West Herts NHIS Trust, UK which earned her an award by the Royal College of Nursing. Speaking at the workshop, Mrs. Ankomah said “at the West Herts NHIS Trust, I observed and ensured early screening, diagnosis and management of diabetes among pregnant women.
This resulted to early and successful treatments and increased the hospital’s diabetes patients roll by 135% in 3 months.” Mrs Ankomah, therefore, said she is glad to use these skills and experiences to contribute to developing the curriculum and help make Pentecost University a center of excellence in diabetes care education.
Commenting on the workshop, the President of the Ghana Registered Midwives Association Mrs. Netta Ackon, thanked PU for the initiative. She added that the workshop has equipped them with unconventional skills for early detection of gestational diabetes mellitus. Mrs. Ackon also said “we were made to know that the current management regime for diabetes is too basic, and members of my association are willing to undergo more training and therefore, advocate for more attention for diabetes care in the country.”
The workshop was organized by Pentecost University with support from The Trio Bridge Foundation, a renown non-governmental health promotion organization in the UK.