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13.12.2004 General News

MOH Introduces ASRH Into Nurses Curriculum

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Kumasi, Dec.13, GNA - The Ministry of Health (MOH) has introduced the Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health into the curriculum of Nurses and Midwifery Training Colleges in the country.

The idea behind the introduction is to help minimise the spread of HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD). Mrs Ruth Gyang, Registrar and Chief Executive of the Nurses and Midwives Council for Ghana, announced this at the opening of a five-day workshop on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Youth Friendly Services in Kumasi on Monday.

The workshop, being attended by 20 participants selected from the Southern sector was organised by the Nurses and Midwives Council for Ghana in collaboration with the African Youth Alliance (AYA) and the Path Finder International.

It is aimed at equipping the participants with skills and knowledge on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive and Health issues so that they could in turn teach trainees in Nursed Training Midwifery institutions.

She said the new curriculum has been developed and pre-tested by the Nurses and Midwives Council for Ghana. Mrs Gyang stressed the need for the participants to have the requisite skills to help them handle the Adolescent Reproductive Health Sexuality issues effectively.

Dr Robert K. Mensah, Co-ordinator of the AYA said AYA has been deeply concerned with Adolescent Health Reproductive Health. He also said the integration of the Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health issues into the curriculum of Nurses and Midwifery Training Institutions would enable the newly trained nurses to have friendly approach to accepting people in their hospitals and clinics with issues regarding their sexuality.

Dr Mensah disclosed that AYA has so far trained 35 service providers in each of the 10 regions and 30 also for the Christian Health Association of Ghana for youth friendly services. Some of the topics being treated include, nature of Adolescence, Adolescent vulnerability, risk-taking behaviours and their consequences, Adolescent behaviour and Life Skills, Safer sex and protection for Adolescents and Counselling the Adolescent on Reproductive Health.

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