April 27 – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Friday presented 25 anatomical model and medical equipment valued at 250,000 dollars to the Ministry of Health for distribution to 20 Midwifery Training Institutions in the country.
The items included birthing station simulator, steam sterilizer, advance nursing male mannequin, simulator gynecologic, sphygmomanometer for kids and adult, portable ultrasound scanner set, dual-sex Torso, and a midwifery kit.
Others were, breast examination models, infant patient care, maternal and neonatal birthing simulator, artificial human skeleton, demonstration model of childbirth, foetus for vacuum extraction demonstration, full visibility goggles, and model pelvic organs.
Mr Alban Bagbin, Minister for Health, received the items on behalf of the institutions, and expressed his gratitude to the UNFPA for the donation.
He said it would contribute to the efforts being made to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Four and Five, which aimed at providing adequate maternal and reproductive care.
Mr Bagbin said there was the need for more such logistical support from organizations such as the UNFPA, to help Ghana achieve the target goal of the MDGs.
He charged authorities of the beneficiary midwifery institutions to use the equipment efficiently, to help turn out skilful midwives, disclosing that the MOH would send a team to evaluate the impact of the equipment on the institutions.
Dr Bernard Coquelin, Country Representative of the UNFPA, presenting the items, said the issue of using overused equipment to teach at the midwifery institutions came to his outfit’s notice during a visit to some of the schools in the company of the First Lady Mrs Naadu Mills.
Dr Coquelin said that apart from helping in the proper training of midwives, the equipment will also help in safeguarding maternal mortality in Ghana.
He added that UNFPA was working with International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) to invest in globally equipping midwives with the needed skills.