The Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) has constructed three boreholes for three communities in the North East Region as part of its 50th-anniversary celebration.
The boreholes, constructed at the cost of GH₡ 39,600, are located at Nalerigu Senior High School, Marakaz Primary School in Wungu and Sakagu in Walewale.
The N&MC is celebrating its 50th-anniversary, which commenced in June 2020 and climaxing it with a thanksgiving service in March 2021.
The Council was established in the year 1971 after the passing of the legislative instrument, LI 683 in 1971 and NRCD 117 in 1972. The then Council was operating under the name, Nurses and Midwives Council for Ghana until the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act, 2013 (Act 857) enacted and the name was changed to Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The N&MC wants to use the anniversary to create a change in the way clients, the public and policymakers think of nurses and midwives as not just people who care for the sick at health facilities but people who have the communities they work in at heart.
Speaking at the commissioning and handing over ceremony, the Registrar of the Council, Mr Felix Nyante, said 2020 has been declared by the World Health Organisation as the year of nurses and midwives and coincidentally, the council is celebrating its 50th anniversary the same year.
The Council, he said, decided to celebrate the anniversary with the North East Region with the construction of the boreholes because the region is newly created and lacks social amenities including portable water.
Mr Nyante added the N&MC has already registered its presence in the region as the Nursing and Midwifery Training School in the region has one the highest population of students in the country.
He disclosed that the Council would further roll out its presence in the region by opening an office in the regional capital, Nalerigu.
He said the boreholes were constructed for dual purposes — to provide portable water for the communities and collect water for livestock.
The Overload of Mamprugu, Nayiri Nabohagu Mahami Sheriga, who provided land for the construction of the boreholes lauded N&MC for choosing the North Region for all three boreholes.